Postcard from York

I have just returned from a concert tour in England, which included concerts in York, Harrogate and London as well as a recording session in the Abbey Road Studio.  Below is Part 1 of sharing a bit of the experience with you.York-Carrie-River

Postcard from York

Our 10-hour flight from LA was squished but blessedly uneventful.  After arrival at Heathrow, we immediately embarked on a 6-hour bus ride to York, interrupted only by a food court stop with those great British firms McDonalds and KFC.   Oh, well.

York, however, did not disappoint.  We stayed near the River Ouse with an easy walk into York for rehearsals.   Here I am on the right, with the river behind me.

York was a medieval walled city and we walked on remnants of the wall.


And yes, the city is utterly charming, as you can see here, below.  There were winding alleys and little shops, street names like 'The Shambles.'    I loved the way this house just sagged from the weight of the years.


My choir, the Angel City Chorale, was joined by a York choir called Prima.  Together we were about 175 voices, singing the works of 2-time Grammy winner Christopher Tin

We performed the same works we performed at Carnegie Hall a couple of years ago, but this time we had the privilege of having Christopher conducting the second half of the concert.  We all love Christopher Tin.  He is so deeply talented and the nicest person imaginable.

York-MinsterWe had a tour of the city’s cathedral, called the York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps.  It was originally a Catholic cathedral, now Anglican.  On our last day in York, the cathedral bells were ringing all day—so beautiful!  One of our choir members climbed the tower and saw the people ringing the bells; there is a volunteer group responsible for pulling on the ropes. York-Lazy-Cleric

Most of the statuary inside York Minster was in very important poses, as you can imagine.  You had to wonder about this clerical gentleman, on the right.  I guess he wasn’t regarded a very hard worker!

As for the concert, the concert hall was relatively new and very simple with unremarkable acoustics, but the concert itself was a great success.  But we knew a secret the audience didn’t.  In one of the numbers, the men came in early in one part and we were all thrown off.  But the orchestra kept playing and we just kept on singing until we could tell where we were—and then we all chimed in together in the right place and saved the day.  It was scary, but we survived and didn’t let our panic show.  And we got a standing ovation for our professionalism!

That was it for York and the next day we headed off to Harrogate. 

I’ll share Harrogate and its gorgeous concert hall in Part 2.

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