Tenebrae's Nigel Short to teach 40-part choral classic to over 500 international singers

Today at 7pm BST, Tenebrae Choir's award-winning Founder and Artistic Director Nigel Short will launch an online course to teach all 40 parts of Tallis's Spem in Alium to more than 500 members of SIC - Choir of the Earth.
ONLINE, U.K. - July 25, 2021 - PRLog -- Spem in Alium (Latin for "Hope in any other") is a 40-part Renaissance motet by Thomas Tallis, featuring 8 choirs of 5 vocal parts. Tenebrae singers have individually recorded all 40 choral parts, which CotE's sound engineers have mixed for the course's learning tracks, using innovative binaural surround sound technology that allows each of the choirs to sound independent of one another.

Nigel will use these spectacular learning tracks to teach 40 live sessions online: one for each vocal part. Additional support will be provided in several extra teaching sessions with SIC CotE's Musical Director, Ben England BEM. Speaking in anticipation of the course, Nigel says,

"Tallis's Spem in Alium remains at the pinnacle of the choral canon, and it could be argued that your choral journey is not complete without it. Starting on Sunday 25th July, I shall teach all 40 parts to over 500 international singers and ask them to record their own voice lines. We shall combine all the voices in the studio for a full concert performance on 28th October.

This is a new way of learning Spem in Alium and we are excited to welcome singers from all over the world, of any ability, to come together and join us to sing as many or as few of the parts as they wish."

SIC CotE has also partnered with the Thomas Tallis Society for this course, and singers will benefit from a unique score, historical documents and talks by Hugh Keyte.

SIC CotE's Founder, Mark Strachan, observes the fascinating juxtaposition between this ancient masterpiece and the innovative approach being used to teach and perform it, saying,

"Thomas Tallis's Spem in Alium is an ancient piece of music, which we will put together in the most modern of methods, with hundreds of people from all over the Earth learning, recording and performing this work from home. This is Tenebrae and SIC - Choir of the Earth partnering to marry the ancient and the modern. To coin a phrase, "everything has changed, and yet nothing has changed.""

The course's live launch session with Nigel takes place on Sunday 25th July at 19:00 BST and is open to everyone to attend free of charge at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgpxx2hZeMo

Further information about this project and how to take part is available on SIC - Choir of the Earth's website at https://www.theselfisolationchoir.com/spem-in-alium

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