Music of the High Cathedral
Music of Byrd, Purcell, Tippett, Britten, and MacMillan
A concert of the Yale Schola Cantorum
Simon Halsey, guest conductor
Masaaki Suzuki, director
Thomas Murray, organ
Christ Church Episcopal
Free and open to the public
Simon Halsey will guest conduct Yale Schola Cantorum, the University’s 24-voice chamber choir specializing in music from before 1750 and from the last hundred years, in a program of church music by the English composers William Byrd, Henry Purcell, Michael Tippett, Benjamin Britten, and James MacMillan on Saturday, January 22. The concert, which will also feature University Organist Thomas Murray, will take place in Christ Church Episcopal (Broadway at Elm) at 8pm.
Simon Halsey is one of the world’s leading conductors of choral repertoire, regularly conducting prestigious orchestras and choirs both in Europe and North America. He has been Chorus Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus for over 25 years and is Chief Conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir. He is Artistic Director and founder of the dynamic professional choir European Voices, formed at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, and is in his fifth season as Principal Conductor, Choral Programme for The Sage Gateshead. Halsey also holds the position of consultant editor for Faber Music in the UK. The New Haven program represents for Halsey the “opportunity to explore the history of British music and the crossover with the USA.”
The concert, presented by Yale Institute of Sacred Music, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.