The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, with director Stephen Darlington, visits the Fraser Performance Studio during its 2011 US tour.
On the program:
Thomas Tallis – Salvator Mundi
Charles Stanford – Justorum animae
Robert Parsons – Ave Maria
William Walton – Set Me as a Seal
John Rutter – It Was a Lover and His Lass
New York gets to all of us!
The predicted rain happened early this morning, which meant that the Choristers could walk around Manhattan and visit ‘Ground Zero’ later on. According to one chorister, the experience was ‘moving’. They had lunch at Davis and Polk, 450 Lexington avenue. A very special thanks to an old member of Christ Church, Denny Lewis, who generously bought lunch for all the choristers! On their ‘What we’ve done on tour’ list, they can now cross off 5th Avenue and hopefully one day they can go up to the top of the Rockefeller Center. For the rest of the choir, other sites visited during our time in New York include Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Grand Central Station, Abercrombie and Fitch, an eclectic music store selling ethnic instruments, St Thomas’ Fifth Avenue, Theatre District, Ellis Island, The Village, Brooklyn, Chinatown, the Empire State Building…and a fountain two blocks from the hotel, where Vincenzo took some very artistic photographs, as did Henry.
Today’s concert was in St Bartholomew’s Church, affectionately known in the city as St Bart’s. The regular 3pm start came around and it was quite a surprise to find that the acoustic was rather like that of Christ Church. A very good turn out enjoyed the programme. We had already performed the pieces at least once or twice on tour so it was a confident performance, although we certainly missed the generous acoustic of Washington!
After a relaxed reception we headed back to the hotel for a few more beverages. Some took the opportunity to go up the Rockefeller Center,dressed in full black tie concert dress, and view the stunning New York skyline at night. It’s an earlyish start tomorrow, getting picked up at 9.30am for a travel day to Boston.
And night is best
What a place!
We are here.
One of those moments
Warming up – see video