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In England with the Blair Children’s Chorus

Posted by on Monday, March 28, 2011 in Articles, Spring 2011.

The Nashville Boychoir and Young Men’s Chorus sang with the Ely Cathedral Choir (above) for two days during their summer tour of England. They also worked with British conductor Stephen Cleobury at Kings College Chapel. The Concert Choir also toured England, though the groups traveled to different areas of the British Isles.

More than 50 members of the Blair Children’s Chorus (Boychoir, Concert Choir and Young Men’s Chorus) gathered on a beautiful summer afternoon last July in London’s historic Southwark Cathedral for a festive concert. This was the grand finale to a week of touring by the Boychoir and Young Men’s Chorus. The tour included two days of singing with Ely Cathedral Choir, a chance to sing for noted British conductor Stephen Cleobury in the world-famous King’s College Chapel (where they also teamed up with former Blair chorister Parker Ramsay, who started as organ scholar there in the fall), and two days of concerts in Yorkshire in the north of England. Meanwhile, the girls of the Concert Choir embarked on a week of workshops and concerts in the west of England, staying at Sherbourne School, with concerts at Sherbourne Abbey and Wells Cathedral and visits to Stonehenge and the city of Bath.

The tours were a triumph for the groups and a wonderful experience for the young singers, their parents and chaperones, accompanists Lauryn Moody and Valerie Matney—not to mention a logistical challenge for Alison Warford as administrator and quite a marathon for Director Hazel Somerville. Somerville was particularly happy when her weekend of chasing choirs all over London (Boychoir arriving on a coach from Yorkshire, Concert Choir arriving at Heathrow, boys staying at one end of London and girls rehearsing the other end of town) came to a successful and satisfying conclusion.