Berkshire Choral Festival

October 22nd, 2011

From Chorister Grace:  The Berkshire Choral Festival – – has opened registration for summer 2012.  Singers who attended a week this year were allowed early registration and I see that the Edinburgh week is only open for tenors at this point.  However, any of the other weeks would be a great vacation as well.  FYI – I sang with BCF in Vancouver this past summer – wonderful vacation.  Conductor was Tom Hall from Baltimore who was a treat to work with, the music was extraordinarily moving, and I got to visit the Pacific NorthWest for the first time.  We had around 150 singers from 20+ states and 5 countries, as I recall.  For those who are interested, singers receive music and rehearsal CD’s in the spring and spend a week with rehearsals in the morning and evening and a concert at the end of the week.  In Sheffield, the Springfield Massachusetts Symphony generally joins us for the concert.  Afternoons during the week are free to explore the local area.  I spent a few extra days on either end of the week in Vancouver just to get in a little more sight-seeing.  Other folks did one of the Alaskan cruises either before or after and a couple of my alto friends from 5 years ago in Canterbury took the trans-Canada train back to Boston and New York.  In Sheffield, there are organized afternoon outings to the Norman Rockwell Museum, the town of Lenox, Edith Wharton’s home, etc., as well as hikes and canoe trips.  Picking a week for next year was one of the toughest choices for me personally – would love to do the Beethoven week (Missa Solemnis) or the Defiant Requiem week – but I couldn’t pass up a trip to Edinburgh!
Apply Online, 2012 Performance Schedule


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