Just ask the Bishop England Chorale what it takes.
Here are a few words from the Chorus Director, Thomas Gerber before the trip to New York City:
“I am so excited about this opportunity for the students of Bishop England,” says Thomas Gerber, director of the Bishop England Chorale. “They will have the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall while singing incredible repertoire and experiencing one of the most exciting cities in the world. I hope this experience will instill a passion for performing for the rest of their lives.”
On Saturday, May 25, the Bishop England chorus took the stage at Carnegie Hall for the first time, and suffused the auditorium with light.
The Bishop England Chorale participated in a performance of two works that deal with light. One composer payed homage to another when conductor KellyAnn Nelson lead a massed chorus in the New York premiere of William Menefield’s Prism. The work was commissioned to be performed alongside Morten Lauridsen’s modern choral masterpiece Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light), which preceded Prism on the program, conducted by Eva Floyd. The New England Symphonic Ensemble accompanied the performance.
The peaceful and uplifting Lux Aeterna has proven to be one of the most enduring choral works of the last quarter century. While it does not follow a specific form, it is a kind of Requiem. “Every one of the five movements relates to light, a universal symbol in so many ways,” comments the composer. “I wrote it as my mother was in the process of dying, so it was a way of, as so many artists do…dealing with that kind of a situation in an artistic way.”