Clare College Chapel Choir to perform at NIU

Clare College Chapel Choir
Clare College Chapel Choir

The Clare College Chapel Choir will perform a free concert of English choral music at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU School of Music.

Under the direction of Timothy Brown, this world-renowned choir from Cambridge, England, will presents works by Renaissance masters such as Christopher Tye, Thomas Tomkins and William Byrd as well as contemporary works by Herbert Howells and Einojuhani Rautavaara. 

Since the founding of a mixed-voice choir in 1971, the Choir of Clare College has gained an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in England. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the college chapel, the choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting and performing throughout the United Kingdom and the world.

The choir has toured widely, including in Europe, the United States, Japan, China, Russia and the Middle East. In 2000, it became the first Oxbridge mixed choir to perform at the BBC Proms, singing Bach’s “St John Passion.”

At Easter 2002, the choir took part in a sell-out tour to Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom and the United States, performing Handel’s oratorio “Jephtha” with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by René Jacobs. The New York Times wrote about the “brilliant execution” and “distinctive sense of character” of the choir’s contribution.

For more information, contact Eric A. Johnson, director of choral activities for the NIU School of Music, at ejohnsn@niu.edu.

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