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FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

December 2014


Performance Dates and Locations

 

You are invited to come help us un-wrap a gift… our 25th annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. This community treasured event will be even more special this year when Andrew Nethsingha, Director of Music St. John’s College Choir, Cambridge, takes a December residency in Grand Rapids to direct the choir.


Opening with Philip Stopford’s arrangement of Once in Royal David’s City, which maintains the customary solo boy first verse, the service then moves through nine traditional scripture readings with the choir responding to each by singing delightful English carols.

 

To celebrate our first quarter century, the Choir is pulling out all the stops this Christmas. John Rutter will be well represented with What Sweeter Music and Dormi Jesu, along with rich and sparkling carols by Kenneth Leighton, Felix Mendelssohn, Andrew Carter, David Willcocks, Boris Ord & Ralph Vaughan Williams. The Choir will also present two premiers this year: Philip Stopford’s new setting of I Wonder as I Wander, which will not be published until next year. The program will close with the world premier of a newly commissioned carol by Grand Rapids composer, Larry Visser titled Heaven’s Always Here.

 

As with all Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boy’s events, the concerts are free (with free will offering). Parking at St. Andrew’s is also free and plentiful.

 

About our Guest Director Andrew Nethsingha

 

The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge is one of the finest choirs in the world – known and loved by millions from its broadcasts, concert tours and over 90 recordings dating back to the 1960’s with then Director of Music, George Guest. Andrew Nethsingha assumed leadership of the St. John’s Choir in 2007 and the choir continues to flourish under his guidance.

 

Mr. Nethsingha’s recent conducting engagements have included the BBC Proms, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Tokyo Suntory Hall. This December will mark Andrew Nethsingha’s third residency with the Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys. As a Choral Scholar in England, Scott Bosscher sang daily for Mr. Nethsingha from 1992 to 1994.

Now on Sale - GRCMB's newest CD - Live at 25!


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Available now!
Live at 25! is a collection of pieces from three of our performances sung in the 2013-2014 year.
 
Also available Heaven Comes to Earth released in 2013 and Christmas with GRCMB released in 2012.

All three cd's are available now online and will be at our performances in December  - click here to buy online.

 
All cds will be sold for $15 each.

A LETTER FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

October 2014

 

This fall, the Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys begins its' 25th anniversary season!


For a quarter century, GRCMB has always been the best free concert in the city, and the most therapeutic. The idea of our choir and the cathedral as a multi-sensory experience of architecture, art, community and contemplation seems to be why people keep coming to our concerts.  GRCMB is a refuge from the stress of daily life, and at its core is our music...this heavenly music.

 

Through your past support, GRCMB has become a treasure for the boys of our community who in turn are treasured by all who hear them sing.


Humbled by how very much all of you care...

 

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