Wicken woman supports major concert by internationally renowned American youth choir coming to Cambridge

The Heritage Christian High School Concert Choir will perform in Cambridge on April 7

The Heritage Christian High School Concert Choir will perform in Cambridge on April 7 - Credit: Archant

A musician from Wicken is helping promote a major concert of popular American and European music in Cambridge.

The Heritage Christian High School Concert Choir will perform at St Philip’s Church Centre, Mill Road, on April 7.

Patricia Mathieson, who is a amateur viola player from Wicken, near Ely, was contacted by the the tour operators who were looking for somewhere interesting to do a concert in Cambridge.

As Patricia had played a concert there last year, she suggested St Philip’s as the perfect venue.

She explained: “I had played in a concert in St Philip’s last year, really liked it as a venue and thought there’d be a good match between the church and the Heritage Choir. So I suggested putting them together and this is the result! I think it should be lovely.”

The concert, entitled Voices across the Water, will include music by ancient, classical and modern composers from the United States, the UK, France, Italy and other European countries.

The group have performed across America and Europe. Its students sing every style of music in numerous languages.

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The pieces will include Thomas Tallis’s “If ye love me”, William Bird’s “Ave Verum Corpus”, the “Agnus Dei” from Peter Williams’ Missa Brevis, “Dirshu Adonai” by Kenneth Lampl, Ola Gjeilo’s “Ubi Caritas”, a gospel arrangement of “A City called Heaven” and arrangements by the living American composers Dan Forrest and Craig Courtney.

Vicar, Stewart Taylor, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Heritage Concert Choir at St Philip’s and thrilled that they will be performing in support of our work.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to hear an excellent choir singing right here in our church in what promised to be a wonderful programme.”

Galen Clark, director of Fine Arts at the Heritage High School, added: “The choir has gone from strength to strength in recent years in 1999 and we are very excited to be able to perform in some wonderful cities all over the world.

“Music is the perfect pool to teach young people about Christianity, and to be able to support the work of St Philip’s, which has similar values to ours, is a particular boon.”

Entrance to the concert is free, but there will be a collection at the door in aid of the ongoing work of St Philip’s Church.