Ipswich School Chapel Choir carries out first tour of New York

Members of Ipswich School’s Chapel Choir took part in the choir’s first tour of New York during the half term break.

50 pupils accompanied by staff performed at a number of churches and cathedrals in the city, giving concerts of choral music and singing as part of the services there.  The Chapel Choir performed in venues including the modern St Peter’s Lutheran Church and St John the Divine Cathedral, which is the longest cathedral in the world.  They sang a mixed repertoire including Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Wood’s O Thou the Central Orb and Lennon and McCartney’s Back in the USSR, all of which were greatly appreciated by the audiences. 

The choir also enjoyed sight-seeing tours to the Empire State Building, Central Park and the Guggenheim Museum and saw Les Miserables on Broadway.  They also paid a moving visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Sion Parry, Director of Music at Ipswich School and the tour leader said that there had been considerable excitement from the students from the moment they boarded the coach at 4am in Ipswich to travel to New York.   Mr Parry said: “We had so much praise after the events, and were even followed to the different concerts by Harry the dog and his owner!  The choir were a credit to the school and thanks must go to them all for their immaculate behaviour and to all the staff who accompanied them to make the tour a real success.”

Nicholas Weaver, Ipswich School Headmaster, added: “The Chapel Choir is one of Ipswich School’s flagship music ensembles.  I was able to listen to them perform in New York, and it was very pleasing to see the choir sing with such passion, and to experience the positive reaction of the audiences and congregations to our young people.  They were great ambassadors for the school and for Ipswich.”

The Ipswich School Chapel Choir numbers almost 90 singers, mainly students with some staff members, and sings for services both in the school chapel and at special events in Ipswich and elsewhere.

The Choir has sung evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral in London on a number of occasions, and over the past few years it has spent a week in October as resident choir in the English cathedrals of Salisbury, Winchester, Wells and Durham. The Chapel Choir has also performed in Switzerland, Poland, northern Germany, and Tuscany.

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