Westminster Abbey choir to perform in Westport
Published 7:29 am, Thursday, October 23, 2014
The world-renowned Choir of Westminster Abbey, which has sung before royalty and heads of state, will perform Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2, at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
The rare Westport performance by the all-male choir is scheduled at 5 p.m. and is part of a nine-concert U.S. tour that began Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral in the nation's capital
Tickets are $50 for preferred seating, $40 for adult general admission and $25 for children under 18 general admission, according to church publicity for the event.
Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.chtwestport.org/tickets or by calling the church at 203-227-0827. Tickets not sold in advance may be available at the door, but the church said it expects the event will be sold out.
The British choir's tour program includes music from 16th and 17th century composers such as Tallis, Byrd and Purcell, according to the choir's website, plus contemporary composers such as Paul Mealor and David Matthews. Selections will showcase masterpieces from the English cathedral tradition.
Westminster Abbey's choir traces its roots back to 1380, when four boys were selected to sing with monks in the abbey, according to the website. By 1521, a boy's choir was singing twice daily in the abbey's Lady Chapel.
Today, the choir includes 30 boys who are students in the abbey's choir school and 12 adult professional singers, who are known as lay vicars. The choir performs at daily services in the abbey and at royal and state events there. In the past century, the choir has made scores of recordings and toured the world.
Allan Kozinn in the New York Times praised the ensemble's "ravishing performance" and its "clarity and vibrancy of sound."
The Westport concert is one of two by the choir in Connecticut. It is scheduled to perform at Yale University the day before it visits Westport.
The U.S. tour concludes on Monday, Nov. 3, with a concert at St. Thomas Church on 5th Avenue in New York City.