The cathedral choristers were delighted to land safely in New York yesterday, especially after a rather bumpy landing courtesy of the blustery weather (we thought Chicago was supposed to be the Windy City!). The boys are being hosted at St Thomas Choir School, which – with its dorms, dining room, TV room and table football – already feels very much like home. There was just time for takeout pizza, some tinkling on the piano and a few rounds of table tennis before bed-time.
The time difference doesn’t seem to have fazed the boys, who all reported having slept extremely well in their new quarters. After a breakfast of cereal and muffins (and some much-needed showers), we headed up to the American Museum of Natural History next to Central Park. Its labyrinth of rooms held a seemingly inexhaustible store of artifacts, from Native American spears to dinosaur skeletons. After visiting the Planetarium to find out how much they’d weigh on Saturn, the boys sat down to a hearty buffet lunch at the food court. There was just time to dash back to the choir school and change into uniform before the first rehearsal of the tour.
The choristers are currently at St Thomas Fifth Avenue running through repertoire for tomorrow’s concert. Your author may be a little biased, but the sound is terrific and you’d never guess the choir had slogged all the way across the Atlantic just yesterday. Tonight the choristers will perform at the Harvard Club of New York City, so you could definitely say they’ve hit the ground running. Many thanks to Daniel Hyde and the team at St Thomas for making us feel so welcome – we’re very excited to be in New York!