SINGING THEIR WAY AROUND EUROPE The last tour to take place before the worldwide lockdown was the annual Chorale Tour of Europe. St Peters Chorale members sang their way around England, Belgium, Germany and Denmark, delighting Christmas crowds with their beautiful voices.
CHRISTINE TAYLOR HEAD OF CHOIRS AND TOUR DIRECTOR
n the European tour, St Peters Chorale was invited to sing services in some of the world’s most iconic Christian buildings - the Cathedrals of St Paul's London, Bristol, Wells, Christ Church Oxford, Coventry and St Albans. These opportunities enhanced student understanding of the context and acoustics for which much of their repertoire was originally composed. One Chorale member reflected, “It was intimidating at first but gradually I found myself immersed in the acoustics under the magnitude of the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral.” Another said, “in Chapter House of Wells Cathedral, we sang For the Fallen standing in a circle around the room…The sound that we produced was probably my favourite for the whole tour.” St Peters Chorale gave concerts throughout England and Europe including the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London and performances at Ypres in Belgium; Wurzburg, Coburg, Dresden, Leipzig in Germany; and
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Copenhagen in Denmark. For many, the experience of singing at the Menin Gate in Ypres was particularly significant. “The sheer number of names written on the walls of the gate was incomprehensible. We will never sing The Parting Glass as well as we did then,” explained a Chorale member. The Chorale’s performances were enthusiastically received, often with standing ovations, and the Australian repertoire was particularly enjoyed. Glowing press reviews included comments such as, ‘powerful, fresh voices delighted the listeners with their excellent versatility’ and, ‘everything rhythmically, dynamically and vocal perfectly balanced’. It is a tribute to the international standard of performance reached by the Chorale that it was invited to sing at all Cathedrals, including St Paul’s, again. Many students listed billeting as a special part of the tour. One wrote, “Another highlight was being able to experience the different
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