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The National WWII Museum is proud to present the once-in-a-lifetime performance of the Boy Choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the American Memorial Chapel at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Spanning over nine centuries of history, the world renowned Choristers are established as one of the major forces in British church music today.
In the 1950s, as damage to the Cathedral was being repaired and the Memorial Chapel created, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir first journeyed to the United States to share the unique sound of the English choral tradition with the American people. The 41-concert tour covered 8,500 miles and included a special performance at the White House, celebrating the unity of service, sacrifice, and purpose experienced between the United States and Britain during World War II. It is in that same spirit that the 23 boy Choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral will cross the Atlantic once again to share their music with the American people in an eight-city national tour, highlighted by a performance at the Museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.
The program will include remarks from the Dean of St. Paul’s, and feature a talk by Peter Chapman, a Chorister on the 1953 tour and author of A History of St Paul’s Cathedral and the American People. Chapman’s talk will examine the WWII history of the American Memorial Chapel, as well as the important role of faith during and after the war. Following Chapman’s lecture, the Choristers, directed by Andrew Carwood and accompanied by Simon Johnson, will sing a wide and diverse program featuring music from England, France and Germany. Surrounded by artifacts from the very conflict that inspired the Choir’s first American tour and the development of the American Memorial Chapel, and taking full advantage of the multi-media elements in the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, the performance will be a powerful opportunity for deep reflection on faith and the common experience of sacrifice, service, and hope that united us with our allies during and following World War II.
This presentation of the Faith in Wartime Series is made possible by Baptist Community Ministries. The appearance of St. Paul’s Cathedral Boys Choir is supported by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA).
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