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.