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Contact: Lynn Stewart, Centenary
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Centenary Choir Leaves
May 7 for Tour to Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales
SHREVEPORT, LA -- The Centenary College
Choir will leave Monday, May 7 for a tour and performances in Ireland,
England, Scotland and Wales before returning home on May 19.
The trip begins with a two-day stop
in Dublin, Ireland, and will include a concert in the historic St. Patrick's
Cathedral. This will be the choir's first visit to Ireland, making
it the 29th nation to host the choir in concert.
Following two days in Wales, the
choir will travel on to Edinburgh, Scotland for a full concert in St. Giles'
Cathedral. The Sunday evening concert is the main concert of the
week in the cathedral. It is known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh
and was founded in the 11th Century.
The next concert venue will be the
Cathedral of Durham, England. This great Norman structure was founded
in 1093 and is the shrine of St. Cuthbert. Along with Durham Castle, it
is a World Heritage site.
During its visit to the Cotswolds
of England, the choir will be headquartered in Cheltenham to sightsee throughout
the region. The central event in this area will be a full evening
concert at the Gloucester Cathedral, founded in the 8th Century and the
site for the upcoming Harry Potter movie. The Lord Mayor of Gloucester,
as a fundraising event for charity, is hosting this concert.
The fifth and final concert of the
tour will be in Sir Christopher Wren's historic St. Martins In The Fields,
London. The imposing church is well known as a prime example of Wren's
architectural work and also for the recordings of the Academy of St. Martins
In The Fields, under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner. This
concert will be a highlight for the Centenary Choir.
The choir and the tour will be under
the direction of Dr. Will K. Andress, in his 27th season as choir director.
Over 30 non-singing adults will accompany the choir on this overseas tour,
a practice begun when the choir toured Russia in 1979-80.
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