Since joining The King’s Singers in 2004 I’ve been fortunate to sing in many of the world’s great music venues, but the concerts that remain with me are always those where there is a clear personal connection. Whether it’s family ties (my wife is from Kentucky so anything in that state is always special) or a particularly favourite venue (The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam takes some beating) some places rise above the every-day performance.
I sang as a chorister in Rochester Cathedral from 1987-1992, under the direction of Barry Ferguson, but haven’t sung in the Cathedral for nearly 20 years. The chance to return with The King’s Singers and perform in the building where, for me, it all began, is something I’ve hoped for ever since I started in the group. Rochester has nurtured some amazing musicians over the centuries, since the choir school taught its first chorister back in 604 AD.
It’s always good to close the circle, and returning this year in the company of so many distinguished fellow choristers from across the UK will be a wonderful way to return. Every member of The King’s Singers trained as a chorister in a cathedral or school choir, and we owe our success to the incredible foundation that the English Choral Tradition gives to the boys and girls who sing in our world-class choirs, across the country. Performing a concert for other old choristers seems appropriate!
Christopher and the rest of the King’s Singers are performing on Friday, September 26th as part of the FCOCA weekend at Rochester.
Rochester Cathedral has just updated their site with the poster and ticket information for the King’s Singers concert on Sept 26th at Rochester Cathedral.
Many of you will already know about the concert as part of the Federation Festival which will be at Rochester that weekend.
It is a particular pleasure to have the King’s Singers at Rochester as our very own OC Christopher Gabbitas has been a member of the group since 2004. He will no doubt thoroughly enjoy singing in the building again, and it will also be a great opportunity to catch up with him and hear about his adventures with such a fine vocal group.
We have just published our 2014 Member Update outlining the arrangements for evensong in July and the information pack for the Federation of Old Choristers festival weekend to be held on Rochester between the 26th of September and the 28th of September.
As mentioned earlier in the year we have been invited again to sing Evensong with the choir on the 19th July 2014. After evensong we will have the association AGM followed by a BBQ. Singing with the choir last year was a great experience for those involved and those who listened so singers and listeners alike are encouraged to come along. So I can prepare the Assistant Director of Music and the caterers please complete the slip in the letter attached if you are interested in singing or coming to the BBQ after evensong. Returns need to be made by the 4th July 2014.
The Federation Festival in September has been long in the planning. The information pack is pretty self-explanatory but members should note that the dinner on the Saturday evening (27th September) will also be our annual dinner. On that basis, members should return the booking form for the dinner as soon as possible as combining our numbers with the expected Federation numbers means places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.