Tenebrae 2020 Portico Portaferry
Fri 10 Apr

Music***CANCELLED*** Tenebrae Service with Gounod's Requiem in C

***CANCELLED*** This year the NewQuay Singers will be joined by Nuala McKeever as narrator in Portico’s annual Tenebrae Service as they perform Gounod’s beautiful Madeline Requiem, written on the death of his grandson.

In this service the story of Christ’s arrest at Gethsemane through to his death at Calvary, as told in the Gospel of St Matthew, is divided into a series of ‘shadows’.  As each is read the lights are dimmed a little, a candle extinguished and the choir, supported by the orchestra and organ, sing a movement from the Requiem.  Eventually, as, in total darkness, the final lesson is read, the great noise or ‘Strepitus’ is sounded before the choir sing the Requiem’s final movement.  Everyone then leaves in silence.  This is a highly emotive and poignant way to mark Good Friday and everyone is very welcome no matter what, if any, their religious beliefs.

Narrator Nuala McKeever

Nuala McKeever narrates Tenebrae service at Portico

Nuala McKeever joins the NewQuay Singers as narrator for Portico’s annual Tenebrae Service.  

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Event Details

Fri 10 Apr
19:30 to 20:30

No charge. Suggested donation £10.


  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Deli-licious
  • Salthouse Restaurant
  • The Cuan
  • Fiddler's Green

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.