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St. Mary's College Concert For Leading American University Choir


A Cappella Choir from Minnesota's Hamline University with Conductor Dr George S T Chu

A leading university choir from America stopped off in Crosby recently as part of its latest international tour. The A Cappella Choir of Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, performed at St. Mary’s College to an appreciative 200-strong audience of staff, pupils and their families.

The St. Mary’s concert followed the choir’s hugely successful previous visit to the school in 2005. The 30 singers - who are studying many different undergraduate subjects – were conducted by Dr George S T Chu and presented a wide range of choral pieces, including some seasonal carols.

The A Cappella Choir was founded in 1929 and its current members are continuing a tradition of outstanding choral music at Minnesota’s oldest university, which is known for its excellence in the liberal arts.

The choir has made many appearances on radio and TV in America, and also toured extensively in the USA, Canada and Europe as well as visiting South America and the Caribbean.

St. Mary’s Director of Music, Andrew Byers, commented: “We were delighted to welcome this renowned choir back to Crosby and to hear their superb interpretations of traditional, classical and contemporary choral music.

“As with St. Mary’s, music is one of the great strengths of Hamline University and this was certainly evident from the concert which was an evening of outstanding musical entertainment.”

St. Mary’s College will be staging its 15th Festival of Music at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on Friday 15th March. In total, more than 150 pupils will perform at the showcase event at the famous venue, which will feature a range of musical ensembles from the College and its Preparatory School, The Mount.

St. Mary's Director of Music Andrew Byers (left) pictured with Conductor Dr George S T Chu

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