Meet Ed Kay and the team who will blog the tour

1743650_756221101077240_787775467_nOur thanks to Ed Kay – above and to Ben Durrant and Tom Chapman who will be doing a lot of the posting of articles, pictures and videos and a very special thank you to Miss Biddell for her eye on the boys!

Here they are at Casa Romantica

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April 1 – A Concert at the Queen Mary at Long Beach CA

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The Queen Mary welcomes the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford for a free concert in the Grand Salon at 7:00 PM April 1, 2014. Doors and seating open at 6:00PM. For more information/RSVP visit: www.queenmary.com.

The Queen Mary is honored to host this prestigious chorale ensemble. To ensure that the choir’s artistry is available to all, there will be no charge to attend. However, performance seating in the Grand Salon is limited to 400.  Complimentary admission to the ship will also be provided.  Advance reservations to attend the performance are required.  To RSVP please visit www.queenmary.com

The Queen Mary seeks to align its marketing and community relations activities with those cultural opportunities which reflect the ship’s British heritage and its own stature as an historical icon. The Christ Church Choir itself reflects these same attributes. “Making this wonderful and historic Choir available to school groups, local choirs and all music lovers again demonstrates the Queen Mary’s commitment to broadening the public’s understanding of British culture, be it in song or the mid-century engineering masterpiece that is our ship,” says Julie Guaderrama, Event Marketing Manager for the Queen Mary.

The Grand Salon is the ship’s most elegant public space, replete with precious Art Deco fittings. Originally serving as the First Class Dining Room, the Salon epitomizes elegance and regality. “The acoustics, art and thematic history of the Salon can only enhance what we know will be an emotional and stirring performance by the Christ Church Choir. We look forward to sharing their artistry and historical significance and encourage those interested to reserve early,” Ms. Guaderrama concluded.

1126 Queens Highway • Long Beach, CA 90802
Information: (877) 342-0738 • Hotel Reservations: (877) 342-0742 • QUEENMARY.COM 

Christ Church – The Beauty!

Why a college has a cathedral. And a look at why we love it so – what a place!

Who is Stephen Darlington? The spirit behind the sound of the Choir at Christ Church Oxford

Here is a short video about the choir with Stephen Darlington. I think you will get a sense of what a lovely man he is and why those of us who work with him are so devoted.

The Story of the Choir at Christ Church Oxford

Imagine an organization that is 500 years old? That is made up of mainly children? That remains one of the top choirs of its kind?

How did they do this?

Here is the story of the choir

The 2014 Tour of the US and Canada – The Schedule

The 2014 Tour Schedule 

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This spring we are travelling back to the US and to Toronto Canada. Over the next few months, I will be posting a lot of background material. We will have pages for each venue and we will be keeping in touch on Facebook as well.

We will be looking for volunteers to help cover the tour itself as we did in 2011.

Here is the schedule.

March 28th – We start this time on the US West Coast with a performance at Casa Romantica in San Clemente Ca

March 29th – We perform with the Dana Point Symphony in St Edwards Church, Dana Point

March 30th – We perform at St James Church, Wilshire Boulevard in LA

We are planning a Master Class in California as well – TBA

We then travel to North Carolina

April 4th – Concert at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC

April 5th – Masterclass and Workshop at Davidson University, Charlotte, NC

We then fly to Toronto Canada

April 7th – We have a choral workshop at Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto

April 8th – We have a concert at Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto

A new feature of this tour will be a series of Master Classes and Workshops. Traditionally, as most choirs do, we have performed concerts. This tour we are adding a participatory feature. In many venues we will offer the opportunity for local choirs and for people that like to sing to rehearse a program with Christ Church and sing the works together. To support this, we have also developed a simple online tutorial that I will talk more about soon. Here is a link to the Workshop at Grace Church-on-the-Hill where you can see the structure and rationale.

The choir is excited to go to the US and Canada again and I hope that you are as excited to spend time with them too.

Here is a taste – Ch CH and the choir of Grace Church on-the-Hill rehearsing Te Lucis