A North Island choir recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with concerts across the island and in the UK.
Ramsey Choral celebrated its 40th anniversary with concerts at St Paul’s Church in Ramsey and Peel Cathedral, both concerts being greeted with standing ovations.
These celebratory concerts were then followed by a performance by some members of the choir in Southwark, London, where they sang for composer Dan Forrest.
Nine singers from the Ramsey Choral traveled to London to join a truly global cast of singers to perform ‘A Requiem for the Living’, written by Forrest, in Southwark Cathedral at the end of June.
The mass choir included singers and soloists from as far away as Barcelona, Spain, Colorado, Virginia and California, USA and Oldham, Greater Manchester, plus a small number of individual singers from other parts of London and the UK.
The international choral concert was supported by a professional orchestra and conducted by American conductor Catherine Sailer.
Ramsey Choral also performed “Requiem for the Living” at Peel and Ramsey concerts.
Ed Coates of Ramsey Choral said all three gigs were a great success and all nine members enjoyed their time singing in London.
“The concert provided a great learning experience for all of our travelers and also a great opportunity to put us ‘on the map’,” said Ed.
“The acoustic and overall effect was absolutely breathtaking and it was thrilling not only to perform again, but also to enjoy an enthusiastic audience response against the magnificent backdrop of this magnificent London Cathedral.
Ed also said the composer is full of praise for the Manx Choir and their efforts to sing his famous work.
“The concert and even part of the rehearsal time took place in the presence of the composer who clearly enjoyed the event. His Requiem has somehow become his signature piece, rapidly approaching its thousandth performance worldwide since its composition in 2012.
“He was delighted to learn that the concerts in Peel and Ramsey just a few weeks ago were in fact the island premiere of his work.
“He received a Ramsey Choral t-shirt and the St Paul concert program as mementos to celebrate these earlier events.”
More information about Ramsey Choral can be found on the choir’s Facebook page.