Choir celebrates debut tour of the UK in four concerts around England

• The City Choir of Washington will bring its distinctive choral sound to the UK for the first time, performing at venues in London, Gloucester and Ely in July 2018

• The tour combines American, English and French choral works, from the 19th century until today

• ‘Tolstoy Creed’ will be performed alongside Sir John Tavener’s piece ‘The Lamb’, as well as Eric Whitacre’s ‘The Chelsea Carol’ and Gabriel Fauré’s ‘Requiem in D Minor’

• The choir’s roster will consist of 50 professional calibre, volunteer singers, all hailing from the greater Washington (D.C.) area

• Under direction of Grammy award-winning Robert Shafer, who celebrates 50 years as a choral conductor and will serve his 26th international tour with this choir

• The choir regularly perform works by Sir John Tavener that include Three Hymns of George Herbert, written especially for the Queens Diamond Jubilee festivities in celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

• Also specialising in the performance of new or underperformed works, the choir have performed Arvo Part’s ‘Te Deum’, Benjamin Britten’s ‘Cantata Misericordium’, and Tarik O’Regan’s ‘Triptych’ in their repertoire

• The choir has previously performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, and are celebrated as one of the capital’s premiere choirs

• The choir seek to inspire singers, audience members and the Washington D. C. area, and by engaging through performances and educational outreach programs such as The City Singers and Partners in Song, it allows the Choir to fulfill their aim of nurturing its next generation of singers and performers

Concert schedule:
5 July Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester
7 July Keble College Chapel, Oxford
8 July Ely Cathedral, Ely
11 July Temple Church, London
Programme:
Psalm 121: I will lift up mine eyes Robert Shafer (b.1946)
The Chelsea Carol Eric Whitacre (b.1970)
The Lamb Sir John Tavener (1944-2013)
Tolstoy’s Creed (2012 Commission by TCCW) Sir John Tavener
Requiem in D Minor, op. 48 Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

 

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