The 28 singers of the Westover School Touring Choir will sing a mixed program of choral music by Italian composers, Gastoldi and Vivaldi, sacred music by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert, and compositions by American composers ranging from rounds to a Spiritual and show tunes. Eleven handbell ringers will ring several pieces for handbells, an unusual and beautiful medium for music.
The Westover Glee Club and Handbell Ensemble are from the Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut, USA. Westover is a boarding school with an active Arts program and a rigorous academic program for girls in grades 9 – 12. This is their twelfth concert tour in Europe in addition to concerts in North America ranging from Virginia to Quebec, Canada. Last month they sang their fifth concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The full Glee Club has 50 members, 28 of whom are on the tour.
There are four handbell ensembles at the school with a total of 47 ringers. Their full complement of bells has a range of five octaves, but they have been able to bring three of those for this tour because of the size and weight of the largest bass bells that are made of solid brass. Handbell ringing has become popular in the US, where composers have developed a number of ringing techniques to increase the beauty and expressiveness of this intriguing medium.
Free entrance and all welcome.