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Cathedral Voices at Chester


Manchester Boys Choir

It must have been wonderful six hundred years ago to stand in a silent stone cathedral and suddenly hear different voices singing strands of a melody, and weaving them together in a shimmering tapestry of sound.

Created for sacred and secular works, choral music was heard as early as the 15th century in the sweet melodies of John Dunstable in England and his contemporaries on the continent. The 600-year-old tradition includes John Taverner’s Western Wynde (1520), William Byrd’s masses and motets, and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem (1962), and continues to flourish in Britain today.

On 25 August the Association of British Choral Directors' holds their Gala Concert at Chester Cathedral under the leadership of Jeffrey Wynn Davies. The concert feaures the Joyful Company of Singers; Laudibus; the Magnificat Children's Choir, Budapest; the Manchester Boys' Choir; and the North West Children's Honour Choir.

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