William Jewell Choir to dazzle St Wulfram’s audience in Grantham

The William Jewell College Choir

The William Jewell College Choir

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An American choir will perform in St Wulfram’s this month in aid of the Philip Lank Trust and the development of music at the church.

The William Jewell College Concert Choir, conducted by Anthony J. Maglione, will perform in the church on May 20 at 7.30pm.

Fr Stuart Cradduck, Rector of Grantham, said: “We are delighted to welcome back the choir from the College of William Jewell. Although not in post when they last came to Grantham, I hear constantly of the musical impact they made when they were last here. I understand that they are a concert not to be missed.”

The choir is a highly selective ensemble comprised of the very best choral singers at William Jewell College in Kansas City where they make numerous engagements each semester. The ensemble also embarks on an annual United States concert tour and, since 1985, they have travelled triennially to England and Scotland for a 14-day concert tour.

Since 2010, the Concert Choir has participated in two regional premieres and five world premieres, performed with the Canadian Brass, appeared at the Missouri Music Educators Conference, and recorded an internationally distributed album on Centaur Records to be released in the spring of 2015. 

On this, their 11th tour overseas, the Concert Choir is bringing an eclectic program featuring works by English and Scottish composers such as Bairstow, Byrd, MacMillan and Stanford as well as works from throughout Europe by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Kalinnikov and others.   In addition, the Concert Choir will perform several new works by American composers as well as American folk hymns and spirituals. 

In addition to the concert at St Wulfram’s, the choir will also sing at Harlaxton College, All Saints’ Church in Stamford, Ely Cathedral, King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, Lincoln Cathedral, St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Coventry Cathedral, York Minster and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford.

Tickets, at £10  and school ages free, are available from the parish office and Simmonds Music in Westgate.