The USA tour has got off to a flying start and we are looking forward to giving our first concert today in Trinity Church, Copley Square. The tour got underway very early on Tuesday April 14 as we boarded a coach for Heathrow. The flight to Boston was smooth, and the boys enjoyed sampling an array of films on offer!
The first afternoon was spent on a private bus tour of Boston, stopping off to see various points of interest associated with the American Revolution, as well as the world’s oldest battleship! The boys demonstrated unrivalled military order outside the USS Constitution.
The highlight for the Choristers of the first leg of the tour was undoubtedly their trip to Fenway Park to see the Boston Red Sox play the Washington Nationals. The chaperones had told the children to expect a visit to the (non-existent) Museum of Mathematics, and there was huge excitement when we actually turned up to the Baseball stadium.
It hasn’t all been play, however. The boys have rehearsed hard and our Organist, Simon Johnson, has spent time familiarising himself with the Aeolian-Skinner organ at Trinity ahead of our concert.
Now that our Vicars Choral (gentlemen singers in the choir) have joined us, we are gearing up to perform ‘St Paul’s in the Modern World’ and ‘Royalty & Remembrance’, two contrasting concert halves which display the vocal and musical colours which worshippers at St Paul’s can expect to hear on a regular basis. Musical highlights include Patrick Gowers, Viri Galilaei, Alec Roth ‘Jubilate’ (which features on our ‘Canticles‘ disc), Will Todd, ‘The Call of Wisdom‘, and Parry’s famous ‘I was Glad‘.