20th November nine members of Billericay Choral Society (BCS)
performed in the iconic Carnegie Hall, in Midtown, Manhattan, in New York
enjoying a once in a lifetime experience
Three members from Ingatestone Choral Society and two members from Brentwood Choral Society joined them on the trip. Choirs from across the United States as well as singers from four other English choirs and one from Scotland took part. They performed the Howard Goodall Requiem- Eternal Light.
So, how did this unique invitation come about for members of BCS? In November 2015, BCS and other local choirs participated in the Brentwood Choirs Festival , when this Howard Goodall work was sung. Following the Festival, the then BCS musical director, David Todd, was contacted by an interested party from the United States and an invitation to sing in New York this year was extended.
BCS members and the other local participants have met the full costs for their trip and for all of them this was a first. Following the concert, the singers attended a VIP dinner.
BCS Treasurer, Maggie Kingston said she was excited by the trip to New York and the opportunity to perform in such a prestigious venue. Another BCS member, Rachel O’Hara, said “I enjoy being part of a big production, and being surrounded by other performers in such a famous venue, especially as Howard Goodall, the composer, was present as this New York premiere of his requiem Eternal Light.”
BCS looks forward to reporting fully on the concert This has truly been another exciting chapter in Billericay’s historical links with the United States of America.