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Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

An Unincorporated Association

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Alexander Rosenblatt, George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge), Michael Soumei Coxall, Kazue Yanagida

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Kazue Yanagida

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GODFREY KING (Director) AJSW REPRESENTATIVE IN UK

KAZUE YANAGIDA (Honorary Patron) AJSW REPRESENTATIVE IN JAPAN
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Berkeley Carroll School Choir from Brooklyn, New York conductor: Matthew Brady

Wed Jun 24th 2009, 11:15 am ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR

Berkeley Carroll School Choir

The Berkeley Carroll Upper School Choir, conducted by Matthew Brady in its first-ever international concert tour to England in the summer of 2009 with 'Music of One World and Many Cultures':  American Folk, Gospel, and Spirituals, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic.

The choir — comprised of singers in grades 9–12 at The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York — has been celebrated for its moving and inspiring performances within the school, in the greater Park Slope neighbourhood of Brooklyn, and throughout the New York City area. The Upper School Choir is deeply committed to programming and performing music of many genres, time periods, cultures, and styles. Authenticity in performance and musicianship is of paramount importance to the ensemble.

Central to the philosophy of the Berkeley Carroll Choir is the core belief that every singer has a unique and important Voice. Through the art of choral singing, encompassing the study of text, poetry, harmony, composition, sound, and community, our many diverse voices can blend together in a profoundly moving and powerful way, and can transform the lives of both singers within the ensemble and of our audience members. A non-auditioned ensemble, the choir is open to all students who are interested in singing. Directed by Matthew Brady, the Choir is thrilled to be making its first-ever international concert tour to England in the summer of 2009.

Matthew Brady, Conductor

Matthew Brady is active as a conductor, soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He is the Choral Director at The Berkeley Carroll School, where he conducts the Middle School Chorus and the Upper School Choir. In addition to his work at Berkeley Carroll, he is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music, where he conducts both the Senior Chorus and the Vocal Chamber Ensemble of the Preparatory Division. He also serves as the Associate Conductor and Principal Pianist for the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The New York Times wrote, after a concert by Mr Brady’s Junior Chorus, "the Chorus sang with impeccable diction and gave stylish performances of adventurous pieces." This year, Mr Brady has received invitations to conduct choral masterclasses in Woodstock, New York, and to serve as Chorus Master of Chelsea Opera Company.

In January 2005, Mr Brady was awarded the CME Artist-Teacher Diploma from the Association for Choral Music Education. Mr Brady was a member of the Piano Faculty at the 92nd Street Y for eight years, and for three seasons was the Summer Music Director of The American School in Switzerland. In 2003 he was named a Scholar at the Berkshire Choral Festival. Mr Brady has performed as a pianist in concerts at Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, Cooper Union, and the 92nd Street Y, and made his recital debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in 1998. He has concertized in the US, Canada, Germany, Russia, Italy, and the United Kingdom, including performances with major symphony orchestras, in competitions, at festivals, and on television.

Mr Brady has served as Chairman of New Music review for the Executive Board of the New York State Music Teachers Association. A strong advocate for the performance of contemporary music, he is committed to performing the works of emerging composers. Mr Brady studied at the University of Iowa and the Eastman School of Music. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association.


Organized by the AJSW in partnership with ACFEA Tour Consultants

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.

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