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America here we come: Choir's West Coast tour

Posted By : Marie Thomas Tuesday 7th February 2017

On 15 March the Cathedral choir leaves for the West Coast of America on a ten day tour of the San Francisco Bay area.


One of the key stops will be Stanford University, where choristers will take part in a ‘concert with commentary’ featuring Salisbury’s Sarum Rite, the formal liturgy developed in Salisbury after the Norman Conquest in 1066 and used throughout Britain and parts of northern and western Europe for hundreds of years until the Reformation. The Sarum Rite has formed the basis of ground-breaking academic research at the university.


The tour itinerary includes a mixture of concerts, services, workshops in Stanford, San Francisco, Saratoga, Carmel, Sunnyvale and Belvedere. There will also be educational visits for the choristers including a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Monterey Aquarium and the Science Museum in San Francisco.


David Halls, Director of Music said:

“This US tour will be a great experience for the choristers. Many of them will have toured Europe before but America is a very different beast. For one thing, we’ll be going to the West Coast, which is a long way from home and culturally very different. They’ll be singing a mixture of services and concerts and performing some of the best know and best loved works from the choral repertoire.”


Details of services and concerts being sung during the US Tour can be downloaded below. For any further information contact Marie Thomas by email at or on +44 (0)1722 555148 



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