A truly inspiring choral celebration featuring the all the choirs who have taken part in the 2017 International Children’s Choir Festival.
The International Children’s Choir Festival was founded in 1997 by David T. Searles, a former Lay Clerk in the cathedral in the 1970s and continues each year during the last week of July with co-conductors, Dr. David Flood, Organist and Master of the Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral, and Professor Henry Leck, America’s most esteemed children’s choir conductor.
Around two hundred children’s choirs from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and China have participated. This July, the combined Festival Choir will sing Evensong on 25 July at 17:30 and a full evening concert in the Quire on 26 July at 19:30. Both events are free admission to the public. In addition, each participating choir will have private workshops with the Festival conductors and will present an individual Midday Recital in the Quire on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 July.
Repertoire this year is from Handel, Chilcot, Vivaldi, Todd and others including a “Magnificat” and “Nunc Dimittis” commissioned by the Festival from Timothy Noon, former Sub-Organist at Canterbury and now Organist and Master of the Choristers at Exeter Cathedral.
Entrance to the concert is free with a retiring collection.