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London's Westminster Cathedral Choir tours U.S., performs in New York


The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, London  

[Episcopal News Service]  The Choir of Westminster Cathedral, London, under the direction of Martin Baker, will perform in New York City on Tuesday, October 17, as part of the St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, 2006-2007 concert series.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will include works by Christopher Tye, William Byrd, John Taverner, Arvo Pärt, Peter Maxwell Davies, Maurice Dupré, Anton Bruckner, James Macmillan, and Benjamin Britten.

Further information and booking is available at the St. Thomas web site.

Widely considered to be one of the finest choirs in the world, Westminster Cathedral Choir is touring the United States through October 25, also performing at Washington National Cathedral; the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota; St. Louis Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, Missouri; Visitation Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri; the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Cleveland, Ohio; and the First Union Methodist Church in Birmingham, Detroit. Please see local listings for precise concert details.

The establishment of a fine choral foundation was part of the original vision of the founder of Westminster Cathedral, Cardinal Herbert Vaughan, who laid great emphasis on the beauty and integrity of the new Cathedral's liturgy, and regarded a residential choir school as essential to the realization of his vision.

Daily sung Masses and Offices were immediately established when the Cathedral opened in 1903, and have continued without interruption ever since. Today, Westminster Cathedral Choir is the only professional Catholic choir in the world to sing daily Mass and Vespers.