With Childrens' Choirs, New Yorkers May School British
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Kent Tritle devotes this week's show to children' choirs, both in New York City and across the pond. While such choruses have long been an integral part of the English cathedral tradition, the best of New Yorkers may give the Brits a run for their money.
Beginning in England, we hear the renowned St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir. In addition to being noted for their beautiful singing, the choir has also been a hotbed for producing not only prominent musicians, but also writers and actors since the 16th century. We hear them in English composer Charles Stanford's Magnificat in G.
Our trip to England would not be complete without hearing The Choir of Westminster Abbey. The Choir School of Westminster has educated young boys for over 160 years. In addition to singing daily at Westminster, the choir sings for national events, and tours the globe annually. We hear the choir in a performance of William Crotch's Psalm 132.
Back in the New York, the Young People's Chorus of New York City under the baton of Francisco J. Núñez is in the spotlight. Maestro Núñez's program has over 1,000 members, representing the incredible diversity of New York. The ensemble was founded in 1988 and has commissioned over sixty works since its inception. Showcasing the ensemble's contributions to broadening the choral repertoire, Kent features the ensemble in works by Benjamin Lees, Jim Papoulis and Zulu.
Also featured this week are the Gaudeamus and Chorus Angelicus from Connecticut and New York's own Saint Thomas Choir.