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VocalEssence in the UK: Day 6 - Cambridge

Posted at 3:29 AM on January 23, 2009 by John Birge

First Oxford, now Cambridge for the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.

Cambridge is a famous spot for choirs, thanks to King's College of Cambridge University. The King's College Choir is loved the world over for their annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, broadcast to England by the BBC, and to America via American Public Media in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The director of the King's College Choir is Stephen Cleobury. He's also conductor of the BBC Singers, with whom VocalEssence will perform at the BBC studios this Saturday.
Meanwhile, Stephen Cleobury's wife Emma met us for a tour of the Chapel.


We attended Evensong in the Chapel, followed by supper in the student dining hall at King's College. Somehow, I don't remember my college cafeteria looking quite like this:


An evening rehearsal with Stephen Cleobury in the Chapel sounded marvelous. Photography inside the Chapel is only by permit, and since I didn't have one, I'll direct you to the VocalEssence photo blog to view some beautiful pictures.

More tomorrow