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Phoenix Chorale has been selected by the prestigious VOCES8 Foundation to appear as part of its LIVE From London Festival, running 23rd July into September.

Beginning Aug 13 and available online until September 18, LIVE From London will broadcast the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale’s concert-for-film, UNCLOUDED DAY. UNCLOUDED DAY was the first event the Chorale performed to a limited audience returning from their pandemic hiatus.

UNCLOUDED Day launches on August 13th with a live watch party at 11am MST/7pm GMT and will be available on demand until the end of Sunday 18th September.

SEASON TICKET
£75 | USD 90 | EUR 87.50 | CAD 120 | AUD 130 | JPY 12,500

STANDARD INDIVIDUAL TICKETS
£14 | USD 17 | EUR 16.50 | CAD 22 | AUD 25 | JPY 2300

Festival Passes and Individual Concert Tickets can be purchased at https://livefromlondon.org


ABOUT THE FILM

On Saturday, October 9, 2022 Phoenix Chorale made a triumphant return to the stage for a live performance to a limited audience at Camelback Bible Church. The events of the week were captured by renowned international cinematographer Andrew Staples chronicaling the artist’s return to singing after and 18-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With audio captured by GRAMMY-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh and his team at Soundmirror, this film gives an intimate look at the Chorale experience both on-screen and behind the scenes.

Even amongst the sun-kissed landscape of Arizona, the storm clouds of COVID-19 cast an ever-lengthening shadow. The pandemic had affected everyone in many ways, but most especially our ability to gather safely to enjoy fellowship. Unclouded Day is our celebration of choral music’s modern-day renaissance from an enforced rest.

“Our program is designed to remind each of us why we fell in love with this incredible art form. We present some of the most well-known American choral compositions from recent times, together with provocative and nurturing miniatures from contemporary composers. The centrepiece is Benjamin Britten’s greatest choral composition, Hymn to St Cecilia, setting a text that is brimful of anguish and torment, yet also in praise of music’s patron saint. And, lest we forget our origins, we present three American songs rooted in the folksong tradition, to remind us of the primary reason we all sing — everybody loves a good melody.

The texts are rooted in hope and acceptance, containing uplifting and joyful themes alongside quiet contemplation. We hear that “patience can obtain everything” — something which has been often in short supply this past year but which, if only we can live in it, brings acceptance. As we gather again in the beautiful surroundings of Phoenix, may we all sing ‘Hallelujah’ that music, finally, is back!

Christopher Gabbitas – Artistic Director, Phoenix Chorale

THE PROGRAM

Hallelujah
trad. arr. Shawn Kirchner (b.1970)

Let Nothing Trouble You
Roderick Williams (b.1965)
Soloist: JJ Rafferty, tenor

Hymn to St Cecilia
Sir Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)
Soloists: Lies’l Hill, soprano
Cassandra Ewer, soprano Julia Powers, alto
Thomas Strawser, tenor Christopher Herrera, bass

Ubi Caritas
Ola Gjeilo (b.1978)
Joshua Hillmann, piano

O Hearken
Roxanna Panufnik (b.1968)
Soloists: Luke Lusted, tenor
Jason Raetz, bass

O Magnum Mysterium
Morten Lauridsen (b.1943)

Unclouded Day
arr. Shawn Kirchner (b.1970)

Lay a Garland Robert
Lucas de Pearsall (1795-1856)

Shenandoah
trad. Arr. James Erb (1926-2014)