Don’t forget, it’s our Christmas concert on Friday 9th December at Eccles Town Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Pay at the door. there will be refreshments at the short intermission, a raffle and a cake stall. Park nearby at Morrisons or Fit City Eccles. A side door ramp entrance and internal elevator lift means there is good access for those with limited mobility. Everyone is welcome to join us in our Yuletide celebration.
Some of the choir’s members have just about come back down to earth after their recent performance in Carnegie Hall, New York, having joined a Distinguished Concerts Singers International (DCINY, http://www.dciny.org) performance of English Composer Howard Goodall’s Requiem on Sunday November 20th. The DCINY show presented UK composer Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem, led by Maestro Jonathan Griffith. An ensemble from the choir travelled to New York to join with 14 other participating ensembles; of which Eccles Community Choir was the only community choir invited to take part.
The Eternal Light Requiem brings modern relevance to the mass of the dead; renewing a structure established in mediaeval times. Howard Goodall has stripped down the old Latin texts to a few phrases in each movement, setting them alongside words from English poems from across the last 500 years.
This fantastic experience was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the group. They also had time to see the sights of New York and take in a Broadway show. The choir’s musical Director Angela Rowley, ARCM, said it was a great honour and privilege to work with a great composer of our time.
Here are some pictures from the Big Apple: