The award-winning professional vocal ensemble, Tenebrae, commissioned a unique new choral work by Owain Park, Footsteps, to accompany the revival of Path of Miracles by Joby Talbot, which returns this year for an extensive UK tour. Footsteps allows Tenebrae to perform alongside choirs near its touring locations and marks Tenebrae’s fifteenth-anniversary season.
A note from Owain: “I was delighted to be asked by Nigel to write a piece for Tenebrae to be performed alongside Path of Miracles. Tenebrae’s recording of Joby’s piece is one of my absolute favourites; I remember being bowled over by the instrumental quality of the opening and the combination of ancient chant with the composer’s own modern voice. When I met with Nigel we spoke about the possibilities for this new work; it would need to be much shorter than Path of Miracles, but hopefully contain many complimentary themes, namely travel, solitude and journeying. Footsteps is the result of many months of researching texts to structure a narrative that cycles the seasons through the view of a lonely traveller who is constantly being moved on before being allowed to settle, finding comfort in the sky and stars above.”
The CD recording is available to pre-order here: https://www.tenebrae-choir.com/shop/path-of-miracles-footsteps