Wells Cathedral Choir tours Hong Kong
By abbie_wells | Thursday, October 25, 2012, 11:25
Wells Cathedral Choir travelled to Hong Kong and Beijing recently for a very special performance.
The Hong Kong Government invited the renowned cathedral singers to perform at the city-states' principal venue, Hong Kong City Hall on October 30.
World famous 'cellist Yo-yo-Ma will be performing on the same night alongside the world-leading Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Choir will perform Bob Chilcott's Requiem which has recently been released to great critical acclaim.
This will be the first time in the Cathedral choir's 1,104-year history that they will perform in the Asia Pacific region.
The Choir will also be visiting local schools during the tour to provide workshops and outreach for low income families.
Wells Cathedral School already has links with Beijing No.80 High School who will be jointly hosting the tour with ELM Education.
Wells Cathedral Choir is widely regarded as one of the UK's finest and oldest choirs and was recently named the choir amongst the world's finestand the world's top choir with children amongst the choristers.
A spokesperson for Wells Cathedral Choir said: "The invitation to perform in Hong Kong is further evidence of the growing international reputation of the Choir."
"The choir is at the heart of the worshipping life of the cathedral and it also broadcasts regularly on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 and on television.
"It has also toured extensively both in the UK and abroad; with recent tours to Paris, the North West of England, Germany, and the Netherlands."
There will be young choristers (aged 11 plus) from Wells Cathedral School, joining the 12 chorister adults on the tour.
UK Law firm, Bruges Salmon LLP and international airline Cathay Pacific will be jointly sponsoring the tour,
Burges Salmon Senior Partner, Alan Barr, said: "When approached for support we quickly recognised that Wells Cathedral Choir and Burges Salmon share the same ethos of commitment to quality and excellence in all that we do, making our partnership a natural fit.
"Supporting the tour provides opportunity for us both to support a UK treasure and to further develop business links in the Asia Pacific region as part of our strategy to meet the needs of our growing international client base."
The choir started their tour during the mid-term break on Sunday 21 October and will return on Thursday 31.
The talented choristers will be performing again in their home cathedral on Wednesday 7 November.