Athens.- A renowned University of Yale chamber choir, founded by highly-regarded musician Simon Carrington, will perform in Athens on May 7 as part of a European tour that also includes Istanbul.
The 24-voice Yale Schola Cantorum, open by audition to all Yale students, was formed in 2003 and regularly performs at top-class venues in the US and around the world.
Carrington, meanwhile, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in music as conductor, singer and double bass player. Between 2003 and 2009 he served as professor of choral conducting at Yale and director of the Cantorum choir.
Before moving to the US, he was a creative force for 25 years with internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble The King’s Singers, which he co-founded at Cambridge University.
Carrington leads annual conducting courses at the Chamber Choir Festival in Sarteano, Italy and the Yale Summer Festival in Connecticut.
This season he has conducting engagements in Argentina, Austria, Canada, Germany, Greece, South Korea, Japan and Turkey, as well as his customary round of performances in the US.
The works selected for the tour programme pay tribute to two important classical music anniversaries this year, namely 400 years since the death of Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria and the 200 years since the birth of Hungarian pianist and symphonic composer Franz Liszt.
Liszt’s Ave Maria and Victoria’s Kyrie are two of the featured highlights. Additionally, the programme will include a work by Yale School of Music composer Christopher Theofanidis, entitled Messages to Myself.
David Puderbaugh, editor of Choral Journal, says of the ensemble: “Each particular pitch is beautifully focused and balanced in eachchoral part … the soloists and chorus are also extremely agile in their vocal abilities.
“Of particular note is the near-perfect tuning of the chorus. Simon Carrington has proven himself a master of intonation.” The music ensemble will appear in Istanbul on May 6.
**** On May 7 at St George’s Parish (81 Agias Paraskevis St, Halandri) at 7.30pm. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary