There we were in Central Park, watching the rehearsal of the Knights for that evening’s Naumburg Orchestral Concert broadcast, when I suddenly heard, in the distance, a children’s choir.
And they were good! Since the rehearsal had paused for a moment, I ran toward that singing sound and met up with the Farnham Youth Choir, an English ensemble visiting New York after successfully competing in the World Choir Games in Cincinnati. They'd found the underground passage at the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, where the beautifully tiled walls favor singers with a very pleasant reverberation. I missed the first piece they performed, but got the video camera on my phone engaged for their second number. Please forgive the cameraman’s shaky hand and the microphone that couldn’t quite handle all the sound this group made.
If you’d like to see the Farnham Youth Choir in person, they’re performing a program of sacred music at St. Paul’s Chapel Thursday, at 1 pm just before they get on a plane to go back home to the UK.
As for that gorgeously decorated passage near Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain, you can see it – and sing in it, for that matter – anytime from 6 am to 1 am every single day.