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We are please to be working with Classical Movements for The City Choir of Washington’s inaugural tour of the UK this July

The City Choir of Washington celebrate their 10th anniversary under leadership of the Grammy-award winning conductor Robert Shafer, and have built their reputation as one of Washington D.C’s premiere choirs in this time. Under Maestro Shafer’s baton, the singers and their audiences have been challenged by creative programming, creating stunning renditions of under-performed works such as Arvo Part’s ‘Te Deum’, Benjamin Britten’s ‘Cantata Misericordium’, and Tarik O’Regan’s ‘Triptych’. The choir’s roster consists of 120 experienced, professional-calibre singers, all hailing from the greater Washington metropolitan areas.

The choir’s memorable performances include their commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II with a world-premiere performance of John Tavener’s ‘Three Hymns of George Herbert’, written especially for the Diamond Jubilee. In Spring 2014, the Choralis Foundation nominated the City Choir of Washington for an Ovation Award for Most Creative Programming, a nomination which tributes the choir’s premiere performances, including those of the final compositions by the great composer Sir John Tavener.

The City Choir of Washington will bring its distinctive choral sound to the UK in four concerts, performing at venues in London, Gloucester, Ely and Oxford in July 2018. The tour will combine American, English and French choral works spanning the 19th century to present day, including Sir John Tavener’s ‘Tolstoy Creed’ performed alongside ‘The Lamb’, Eric Whitacre’s ‘The Chelsea Carol’ and Gabriel Fauré’s ‘Requiem in D Minor’. Maestro Shafer will celebrate 50 years as a choral conductor, and will serve his 26th international tour with the choir this year.

Details of the concerts and programme schedule are below:

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 – Sir John Tavener
(2012 Commission by TCCW)
Requiem in D Minor, op. 48 – Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

(Written on May 11, 2018 )

The US capital is in for a treat next week when baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan will be premiering their World War I Centenary Tribute recital at the Kennedy Center. The performance is the second annual Gerald Perman Emerging Artists Fund recital, promoted by Vocal Arts DC. Michael Kaiser, former president of the Kennedy Center, said about the programme: “Gerald Perman has produced one of the great vocal series of the world”.

John and Peter devised a recital programme which includes songs by composers who were directly affected by the Great War. There will be songs by European and American composers, many of whom fought in the war on different sides of the frontier. John Brancy will lead through the recital and annotate with historical and musical facts.

Both John and Peter are recent Juilliard graduates. John has already performed at the most prestigious opera houses in Europe such as the Dresden Semperoper and Alte Oper Frankfurt and was in concert with Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. Pianist Peter Dugan opened the season with Michael Tilson Thomas’ New World Symphony this summer.

John and Peter will be taking the World War I Centenary Tribute recital to Chicago in April 2015 and Montreal in May 2015.

Please visit the Vocal Arts DC website to see the full recital programme:

Watch a sneak preview of the recital on John’s YouTube channel.

John Brancy and Peter Dugan, photo credit Gerard Collett

(Written on December 5, 2014 )