The Tabernacles, a 54-year-old group, performed the oratorio and posted it online for people to watch at home.
The Tabernacles, billed as Telangana’s oldest choral group and renowned in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, performed “The Crucifixion” by Sir John Stainer during this Passion Week. The 54-year-old male and female choir has members from different Christian denominations. Since the group was unable to perform the song for a large audience due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, they uploaded the live recording online for people to enjoy.
If you are from Hyderabad and have an interest in Western classical music, it is very unlikely that you have not encountered The Tabernacles. Founded in 1967, the group has grown from a small troupe with piano, accordion and acoustic guitar to a full-fledged choir. In the five decades since its creation, the group has performed a wide range of classics, from Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, Mozart’s “God is Gone Up”, Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” and “Kyrie Eleison” to Antonio. “Gloria” by Vivaldi.
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‘The Crucifixion’ is a beautiful oratorio that presents the pain and suffering of Jesus Christ on the cross, his purpose in going through this cruel death, the indifference of the people to his agony and all the emotions that accompanied the experience. The various emotions expressed by the music of the Tabernacles are heartbreaking. Although excerpts from the oratorio have been sung by many choirs on numerous occasions, very few choirs in India have attempted to sing the full work. The Tabernacles performed “The Crucifixion” in a live concert in 2010 at Wesley Church, Secunderabad.
Speaking to TNM, Zubin Gibson, who runs The Tabernacles, said: “While the excitement, commotion, immediate audience response and praise of a live presentation is lacking in a virtual presentation, the latter is much more satisfying in the sense that we can aim for perfection – repeats and corrections are possible and shooting in various places makes the singing more beautiful and more beautiful. This year we were able to record our video in the cathedral historic Medak and in the heritage building of All Saints Church in Tirumalagiri. But a live performance has its own place and importance in the life of any band and The Tabernacles will certainly continue to have live concerts once the pandemic hits. finished, which we pray will happen soon. ”
Kenneth V Gibson, founder and conductor of The Tabernacles, led the group for 50 years. After his death in 2018, his son Zubin Gibson took over the choir. Locals look forward to the band’s annual concert, which is usually held on the first Saturday in December of each year. Sometimes they also present a concert in the middle of the year. The motto of the group is ‘Service through song’.
Zubin Gibson conducts the choir
This year, for the Concert of the Passion, 40 singers and seven musicians participated. A children’s choir was also formed with 25 children, who were trained to sing in parts.
Sir John Stainer, music specialist and organist, was born in 1840. His music was very popular during his lifetime. ‘The Crucifixion’ is one of his rare musical compositions still performed in some churches of the Anglican Communion. Stainer was considered one of the best organists of his generation and was known for his talents as an improviser. Even today, many people give him credit for raising the standard of cathedral music.