United Voices of Edmonton England trip is rapidly approaching!
It's just under three months until the United Voices (R-W and Knox-Metropolitan United, and Willan Choral choirs) leave for England!
We are very excited, and are diligently preparing music for the services that we sing in Bath Abbey (July 30 & 31) and in Gloucester Cathedral (Aug. 8-14). We will also be singing a concert at a parish near Stratford, a fundraiser for them, as they need a lot of very expensive stonework done on their church!
There are 35 people going on the trip, 28 choristers, 2 directors, and 5 "hangers-on", aka choir groupies, aka significant others! From our arrival in London, we will have a quick journey to Bath where we will try to sing through jet-lag. We will get a few days off in Oxford so that we can get our time-clocks reset, and from Oxford we will do some sightseeing, and perform a concert. Next we are off to Gloucester, seeing the Elgar Museum on the way. We are attending eight concerts, events or services at the Three Choirs Festival in nearby Worcester. Part of the reason that we were invited to sing in Gloucester Cathedral for that week is that the Gloucester Cathedral choir is one of the three participating choirs (along with Worchester and Hereford) who hold the Three Choirs Festival annually. It is one of the oldest choral festivals in the world. In addition to the three choirs, they bring in some of the top musicians from all over Europe to present concerts and masterclasses.
In order to prepare for the trip, the choirs have been working hard, holding extra rehearsals, and fundraising. We still have a few students who need some support in the form of sponsorship or donated flight points in order for them to attend this fantastic tour. If you can help, please contact Tammy-Jo.
The majority of the services that we will sing in England are "evensong" services. These are ancient liturgies with much choral leadership and participation. Before we leave for England, we will be doing several evensong services here in Edmonton. They are: Sunday, May 15 at 4 pm at Robertson-Wesley; Sunday, May 29 at 7 pm at All Saints' Cathedral (10035-103 Street, Edmonton), and Sunday, June 5 at 7 pm at Knox-Metropolitan. These are beautiful services done in the Anglican style, so we'd love for you to attend!
While an exact date is still to be determined in late June, we will also be holding a "Fish and Chips" dinner at a local fish and chip restaurant in Edmonton. You will have a catered meal, lots of great entertainment, and a chance to experience a bit of "jolly old England" right here in Edmonton!