OVER 40 children from King’s Ely are flying out to the USA today (10) for the Chapel Choir New York Tour, where they will be performing at a number of the city’s most prestigious choral venues.

The tour opens on Thursday (12) at St Bartholomew’s Church and culminates at St Paul’s Chapel on July 17, which is located at Ground Zero.

The concert programme celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and includes a range of British ceremonial music such as Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace by Samuel Sebastian Wesley, from the coronations of King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and Ubi Caritas by Paul Mealor, which was played at the wedding of HRH Prince William to Catherine Middleton in 2011 and was also performed in New York as part of the 10th anniversary ceremonies of 9/11.

King’s Ely’s Director of Music, Ian Sutcliffe said: “The concert has been designed to give the audience a taste of the celebrations that are taking place this year in the UK to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

“King’s Ely has a long and proud connection with the monarchy stretching back over 1,000 years to Edward the Confessor, later King of England (1042-1066), who was a pupil at the school. In 1541 Henry VIII gave the school its present name, also establishing King’s Scholars. In 1973 the present Queen established Queen’s Scholars. It seemed fitting therefore that we should bring royal music on our first tour to the USA.”
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He added: “We also recently discovered that the first ever Mayor of New York City, Thomas Willett was educated at King’s Ely.”

The Chapel Choir of King’s Ely leads worship in Ely Cathedral twice each week and sings Choral Evensong and Eucharist, joining Ely Cathedral Choir, every term. In addition, major festivals are celebrated with performances on Ash Wednesday, Ascension Day, Remembrance Day, the School’s Carol Service and the Admission of King’s and Queen’s Scholars’ Service.

The choir tours annually and has recently visited Italy, Malta, Poland and Prague.

You can follow a blog of the tour at www.kingselylwtl.wordpress.com

Tour dates:

Thursday July 12, 12.30 – St Bartholomew’s – Concert

Saturday July 14, 5.15 – St Paul the Apostle – Mass & Concert

Sunday July 15, 11.00 – St John the Divine Cathedral – Mass

Sunday July 15, 7.30 – St Ignatius Loyola – Mass

Monday July 16, 1.00 – Trinity Chapel, Wall St. – Concert

Tuesday July 17, 1.00 – St Paul’s, Ground Zero – Concert

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