Performance Dates and Locations
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.
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.
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new setting of I Wonder as I Wander, which will not be published until next year.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.
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
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.
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.