In my experience conducting tours of fine high school, community, collegiate and choirs of faith there is nothing quite like performing repertoire in the country it was first performed, and in the kind of grand spaces it was first heard. This is that opportunity!
I will be in Kansas City next month for any who wish to talk about this with me and the fine folk from KIconcerts. I am also available to chat in advance of that for those not attending the ACDA conference or those wanting to advance their 2020 concert tour planning now.
The repertoire for our combined festival choir is Leonard Bernstein’s iconic Chichester Psalms, commissioned for a large festival choir like ours in England, and simultaneously premiered in New York, and thus the perfect music for a cross-Atlantic connection. It also comes at a time when many feel the need more than ever to sing Bernstein’s closing prayer taken from Psalm 133 (Hineh mah tov...): “How good it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity.”
I welcome you to join this journey with your choir performing both individually and as part of the combined festival choir in London, with an option for those who wish to join us for a 2nd festival gala performance in Edinburgh. Smaller groupings of singers not planning a concert on their own are invited to join the Bucks County Choral Society in their individual concerts with conducting opportunities shared.
I am thrilled that this will be my first festival with KIconcerts – I toured with my own choir with them to Cuba in 2018 and their reputation for organizing seamless concert tours including both independent and collaborative concerts, is well deserved.
Looking forward to talking with you about how this might work for you and your singing community
Artistic Director & Conductor