Choirs concert coming Aug. 28
Choirs of Boys & Girls of Washington National Cathedral to perform during their week-long visit to Richmond
RICHMOND — The Choirs of Boys & Girls of Washington National Cathedral, under the direction of Canon Michael McCarthy, will sing at River Road Church, Baptist on Monday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. The church is located at 8000 River Road.
The choirs will be attending a week-long choir camp at nearby Roslyn Conference and Retreat Center to prepare for the upcoming year. As part of their preparation, they will sing at River Road Church.
The Washington National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, founded in 1909 and the Choir of Men and Girls, founded in 1997 are currently among few cathedral choirs in the United States with an affiliated school, in the English tradition. The boys singing treble are ages 9-14 and attend St. Albans School for boys; and the girl trebles, ages 12-18, attend National Cathedral School for girls. The Men of the choir are professional musicians from the greater Washington/Baltimore area and sing countertenor, tenor, and bass.
Choir director is Michael McCarthy, who is highly regarded as one the leading choral conductors of today. A native of the UK, McCarthy has worked with numerous professional choirs, including the Sixteen, the Cardinalls Musick and the Gabrieli Consort.
The choirs share responsibilities to provide liturgical support for Cathedral services including daily weekday evensongs and Sunday services. They have been heard in radio broadcasts for PRI and have participated in televised Cathedral services and those of national and ecumenical importance, such as the memorial service for Princess Diana, the presidential inaugural prayer services, state funerals, the 9/11 prayer service, prayer service for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and, more recently, the funeral service of Astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
Free tickets for the concert at River Road Church, Baptist are available through Eventbrite: www. rrcb.org/wncconcert.