The biennial tour of the John Powell Singers, from the famous sporting city of Manchester in the UK, brings them to Romania this October for a week long tour of concerts and cultural activities.
The group brings with them a pedigree of some very prestigious performances on past tours, including Notre Dame in Paris, St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig, Tallinn Cathedral, St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, and the Kodaly Academy in Kecskemet.
This thirty-voice chamber choir have been singing together since 1979, giving concerts, singing in religious services and broadcasting on BBC Radio. Every two years the choir tours abroad, and this October sees them perform in the Anglican Church (23.10) in Bucharest, the Black Church in Brasov (24.10) and the Holy Trinity Church in Sibiu (26.10), as well as giving a workshop at the British School of Bucharest.
On Sunday evening the choir performed in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cathedral in Bucharest and all money raised from the donations and CD sale were given to the “Defeating Autism” Association.
Their director who gives the choir its name, John Powell, was previously Head of Choral Music at the famous Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and performs regularly as singer and conductor on BBC Radio, and at the Proms, Aldeburgh and Harrogate Festivals as well as touring extensively abroad. He says of the tour “it’s an ingrained part of the choir’s culture that we travel abroad every two years, both to bring British choral singing and choral works to a wider audience, but also to experience something of the local culture and music of the places we visit. We’re very excited to be visiting Romania, a place none of us have never visited or performed in before, and we’re looking forward to it immensely!”