Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Musicians Prepare

My two favourite things about Britain are the Monarchy and the English choral tradition, so it's particularly exciting when they come together as they will on Friday. The New York Times reports on Westminster Abbey (in which I had the honour to sing with my own choir in 2009 and will again this summer) and its acclaimed choir as they prepare for the royal wedding under the direction of organist & choirmaster James O'Donnell. Musical traditionalists, for whom rumours of performances by pop stars were cause for concern, can look forward to a thoroughly traditional and magnificent spectacle at the Abbey's consistently high standards.

Note: the NYT now limits readers to 20 free articles a month, so if you don't want to pay, be selective regarding which articles to click on. This is one that is worth it!

This CNN video, featuring the military fanfare trumpeters, Chapel Royal choristers, and London Chamber Orchestra, complements the NYT article nicely.

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