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St. Paul’s Anglican cathedral will be filled with music from one of the world’s best choirs on Tuesday.
The choir of Trinity College from Cambridge, England, are in London as part of its Canadian tour and will perform a concert at the cathedral in the evening.
Gramophone Magazine named the choir the fifth best in the world as part of it’s 20 greatest choirs list.
It is comprised of 30 choral scholars and two organ scholars, all of whom are undergraduates at Trinity College.
Stephen Layton, a critically acclaimed conductor, is the director of music at Trinity College and works with the students throughout the year. He said this is his favourite time to be working with them.
“They’ve finished exams and academic work and we’re no longer singing services in chapel,” said Layton. “We’re free to focus on singing and making music.”
Layton said the line between professional and student is blurred, as the choir performs at a very high caliber.
“It’s very inspiring because students at that age tend to have great enthusiasm and passion for what they’re doing,” said Layton.
St. Paul’s, the oldest church in the city, just underwent a series of renovations and was closed from November to May. An unnamed donor has agreed to match total ticket sales for the concert, plus any donations above the ticket price, up to $10,000, in a donation to the church.
Stacey Clark, the president of St. Paul’s cathedral choir, said the ticket price was kept comparatively low at $20 so “as many music lovers as possible have a chance to enjoy the music.”
“Their music is just sublime . . . it’s heart-stopping,” said Clark.
By Monday afternoon, about 300 tickets had been sold for the event but Clark said they are expecting about 400 audience members.
The Trinity College choir, which has toured the world, will perform a varied program, chosen by Layton, featuring music from the 16th century to modern day so there is something for everybody.
Having just performed in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Monday evening, Clark said their stop in London will be an opportunity to hear the choir in a cathedral with wonderful acoustics.
If you go
When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, 472 Richmond St., London
Tickets: $20. Can donate more to the church. Purchased from the St. Paul’s Cathedral office between 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or online through London’s Fringe Festival at https://tickets.londonfringe.ca/TheatreManager/1/login&event=321
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