What a wonderful season this has been. With tours across Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Far East – including our first ever visit to the Philippines – we’ve enjoyed every concert, workshop and occasion for meeting our friends and family on our travels. The joy of performing in many of the world’s most prestigious and leading concert venues and festivals never wanes. It’s lovely now to have the chance to share our highlights and memories with family and friends over the summer.
During the final weeks of our 2014/15 season, we led our second residential Summer School in the stunning grounds of Royal Holloway, University of London. Welcoming over 70 participants from 21 countries, the week was unforgettable for us, bringing musicians from around the world together to delight in the joys of ensemble singing. The Summer School also highlighted the end of our inaugural year as Artists in Residence at Royal Holloway. Working with Director of Choral Music, Rupert Gough, and the Chapel Choir has been both rewarding and inspiring, and we look forward to our relationship continuing over the coming years.
We also enjoyed five exhilarating performances of our orchestral Great American Songbook programme with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Hannover, under the watchful eye of conductor Frank Strobel. Returning to the beautiful Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for a second performance in five months was very special, alongside other memorable performances as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, in Wiesbaden, Germany, and Grafenegg, Austria. Now, with six weeks hiatus, we finally have the time to look forward to the coming season, and prepare ourselves for what the rest of 2015 holds for us. The new season begins in Europe, with concerts in Austria, Germany, Iceland, Belgium and Switzerland in September. Concerts in Scotland, England, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Northern Ireland and Germany will take place in October, before we return to Mexico and the USA in November. This year, our Christmas concerts will all take place in Europe.