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Brits taking notice of VocalEssence tour

Sometimes it takes an out-of-country publication to remind us of our artistic treasures. The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and director Philip Brunelle are leaving for England today, but they’re already getting positive press in advance of a six-concert tour that culminates in a concert to be broadcast on our inauguration day.

Here’s the intro to Birmingham Post writer Terry Grimley’s advance piece about the Jan. 18 performance in Birmingham, England:

“As well as giving the world such pop luminaries as Bob Dylan and Prince, the northern state of Minnesota has a reputation throughout the United States for its tradition of choral singing.

“The twin cities of Minneapolis/St Paul are said to boast around 300 choirs, ranging from the church and high school variety to ensembles of international quality. And right at the pinnacle of this choral scene is VocalEssence, which makes its Birmingham debut at the Town Hall next Sunday.”

Grimley notes that VocalEssence is a lot like Birmingham’s own Ex Cathedra, which also is celebrating its 40th anniversary and which is still run by its founding director. This article makes for good reading, including history on Brunelle’s anglophile ties. Check it out. 

Want to keep up with VocalEssence on tour? Brunelle, various singers and others are contributing to a blog and a Flickr photo journal

Related content from MinnPost:
VocalEssence via BBC: inaugural-day gift from abroad

Deep in the heart of choral country, VocalEssence turns 40

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