Famous for its passion and precision, Tenebrae Consort is one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.
At the LACF they will perform a programm
un, Moon, Sea and Stars: Choral Song through the Ages. The ensemble will also be joined on stage by the London Youth Choir to perform two collaborations.
The Guardian has labelled Tenebrae Consort “immaculate and moving” while Gramophone described their work as “devastatingly beautiful” so audiences can expect a world class performance.
The group will also launch their new CD on the Bene Arte label at the festival. To celebrate Edward Randell will lead a free pre-concert talk at 7.15pm with Tenebrae Consort director Nigel Short and composer Bob Chilcott.
French sextet Opus Jam will showcase their special brand of Motown a cappella at the LACF. Audiences can expect to hear the rich basslines, smooth harmonies, and soulful grooves of 70s soul performed with a certain joie de vivre.
So who are Opus Jam? The group’s founder is Emmanuel Cappelaere who formed a cappella group A4 back in 1995. After 15 years, 800 concerts and performances around the world and five albums, Emmanuel decided to broaden his musical horizon and further enrich his arrangements. To enable him meet this goal, he conceived the idea of creating a sextet – Opus Jam.
Not only are The Swingles festival co-hosts, they will also perform at the event. They will serve up a banquet of music entitled Winter Tales inspired by the coldest season of the year. With folk and jazz inspired original songs, crystalline vocal textures and immersive staging, The Swingles weave musical narratives that evoke ice-bound worlds, blankets of snow and fireside singalongs. The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music for more than half a century.
For more about the festival visit www.londonacappellafestival.com