|Yale Alumni Chorus to England in February 2006|
Cambridge University Music Society Collaborates
The Yale Alumni Chorus (YAC) not only traveled to England to sing, but also to share their expertise in building a strong alumni organization with the Cambridge University Music Society (CUMS). Joint activities for the two choirs included a singing dinner in King's College Great Hall as well as a concert at Ely Cathedral featuring the Moscow Chamber Orchestra with conductor Constantine Orbelian, pianist Robert Blocker, and choral conductors Jeffrey Douma, Stephen Cleobury, and the
legendary Sir David Willcocks.
Unfortunately, punting on the Cam, a Cambridge tradition, was one of the activities missed when the Yale group was delayed at JFK Airport by the infamous New York Blizzard of 2006. However, the late departure from the States did little to dampen the spirits of YAC members. While Classical Movements staff members arranged their seats on the next available flight, the chorus held an impromptu rehearsal at the airport and, upon arrival in England, immediately went to tea.
The tour concluded with 3 days in London where the combined choirs performed at the Barbican with Maestro Orbelian, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Following the concert, the chorus celebrated in true British style with a post-concert dinner at the headquarters for the Honourable Artillery Company in the City of London.