During the weekend of February 25 and 26 Christ Church Cathedral will welcome world renowned conductor, composer, teacher and organist Malcolm Archer. Maestro Archer will conduct the choirs of Men and Boys and Cathedral Girls at the 11am Choral Eucharist and Evensong at 4pm. Evensong will be preceded by a 3:30 recital presented by Mattie Greathouse, flautist.
Malcolm Archer is currently Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College in the heart of England, where he trains and conducts the Choristers and Chapel Choir and teaches organ in the college. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music, which has taken him to posts at Norwich, Bristol and Wells Cathedrals, as well as Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. He is much in demand internationally as Composer, Conductor and Recitalist, and has made notable contributions to Church Music all over the world.
Each year, the Cathedral chooses a Visiting Conductor to come to Lexington and work with our renowned choirs. The Visiting Conductor spends several hours rehearsing the choristers and men on Saturday. This year, the music includes singing Archer’s Mass of the Incarnation. So we are relating in a unique way with him. We choose the Visiting Conductor based on their ability to connect with boy and girl choristers and men, providing excellent pedagogical teaching with a deep respect and experience working and living with Cathedral music. We want to know how the conductor creates an environment needed to succeed at a high musical level.
Sunday is a magnificent way to see the fruits of our musical labors, so to speak! To witness one of world’s great conductors on a local level is an experience not to be missed, and we look forward to that!
Christ Church Cathedral has for many decades supported and sustained choirs trained in the English Cathedral tradition. Unique in its depth and breadth, instruction for the boys, girls and teens is based on the curriculum of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). Children and youth deepen their sense of history, liturgy, language and art as well as their ability to interpret sacred texts and music. Through the ongoing effort of learning and working together, they also develop friendships and become part of a community that uplifts collective and individual efforts. Christ Church Cathedral choristers learn what it is to be at the heart of vibrant worship.
Prior Visiting Conductors have included Aric Prentice, Gerre Hancock and Jeffrey Smith among others. We look forward to this event with great anticipation each year!
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