February is a big month for the Cathedral Choristers as they sing in the world premiere of ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ a modern dance piece choreographed by the renowned Richard Alston at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury and then in London at Sadler’s Wells.
The dance is choreographed to Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece for boys’ voices and harp and the choristers will be conducted by Dr David Flood and accompanied by harpist Camilla Pay. ‘A Ceremony of Carols’ was commissioned by the Marlowe Theatre; Sadler’s Wells; and Peak Performance @ Montclair State (NJ).
Performances were held at the Marlowe Theatre on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February with both evenings sold out in advance. Initial reviews and feedback are very encouraging with Guardian reviewer Judith Mackrell giving it 4 out of a possible 5 stars and The Stage’s Duska Radosavljevic commenting that ‘the boys’ choir is a pure delight’.
And if the following enthusiastic emails received the next day from audience members are anything to go by, then the production is set to be a sure-fire success!
Amazing! The boys were utterly brilliant. Orlando LOVED it – he said the singing was 100 out of 100! Well done!
Annie Barton Hodges
Thank you very much for an inspirational evening. What a splendid piece, with all the disciplines dovetailing so well! The performance graced our new theatre. Just what we all hoped for…
Jo and Peter Williams
What a triumph it was last night! Modern dance isn’t quite my thing but the simplicity of the staging of the Carols was beautifully realised. The boys sounded great & having a harp accompaniment was wonderful. Many congratulations! Best of luck for tonight & at Sadler’s Wells.
Just to say thank you for a brilliant evening – makes one proud to live in Canterbury! I’d love to come again tonight, but, sadly, have to rehearse up the hill.
Susan Wanless, Director of University Music, Eliot College, University of Kent
and a final word from one of the Choristers whose text to his mum said
Hi mum the ballet was SOOO AMAZING as u can guess it was something I will never forget soo cool we got a massive applause at the end …
The production transfers to Sadler’s Wells, London on Wed 29th February and Thursday 1st March. For ticket details please visit www.sadlerswells.com
And as if having a world premiere under your belt was not enough, in April 2012, the whole choir embarks on a two-week tour of Texas and the western United States. This action-packed tour has the choir visiting Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Desert, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. It is quite unusual for a Cathedral choir to travel to the western states, but the warm reception is already being felt and everyone is looking forward to it immensely.