Jetsetting Stratford choir celebrates musical milestone - The Stratford Observer

Jetsetting Stratford choir celebrates musical milestone

Stratford Editorial 28th Sep, 2023   0

A JETSETTING chamber choir from Stratford is performing on home ground to mark its 30th anniversary.

Stratford Chamber Choir will put on a concert of music by Benjamin Britten – who himself was born 110 years ago – to mark the musical milestone.

Since conductor Stephen Dodsworth and Tim Raistrick founded the choir in 1993, it has celebrated many notable achievements. These include singing for the late Queen Elizabeth II, recording a Christmas programme for US TV, being featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise, on Radio 3 and singing at the Ryder Cup.

The choir has toured to France and the US, which included singing in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. It has also led services in many UK cathedrals including York Minster, St Paul’s in London and Westminster Abbey.

But the 30-strong choir has chosen the Guild Chapel for its anniversary recital as this was where its first concert took place in October 1993 and where the majority of its performances in Stratford have been held over the years.

The concert, on Saturday October 14, is entitled A Festival of Britten and includes Choral Dances from “Gloriana”, the Te Deum and Rejoice in the Lamb.

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