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Global Voices

“Global Voices” is a series of international collaborations with world-renowned touring ensembles. We highly value the fostering of global awareness for our singers and audiences through repertoire, hosting and international touring. We have enjoyed working with choirs and orchestras from Australia, Ireland, France, England, and South Africa.

To inquire about becoming a “Global Voices” partner with Boston City Singers, please contact the Artistic and Education Director Jane Money, either by telephone 617 825 0674 or e-mail

jmoney@bostoncitysingers.org

In the spring of 2011, Boston City Singers sang with Zamir Chorale of Boston in a performance of Middle East Harmonies: A Musical Dialogue Between Arab and Israeli Cultures and in Wellesley, MA in a joint concert with the Australian Children’s Chorus.

July and August, 2011 were devoted to a Goodwill Tour to the Cape Town area of South Africa. 38 Concert Chorus singers, ages 11-18, had an extensive performance schedule. Tour participants resided at the rustic St. Rafael’s Retreat Center during the week and stayed with host families each weekend to provide a true cultural immersion experience. Concerts took place at St. Mary’s Church as well as St. George’s Cathedral where the Chorus was hosted by the Archbishop of Cape Town – the Most Reverend Dr. Thabo Makgoba. The Concert Chorus also performed at more than a dozen venues throughout their tour including the Dalukhanyo Pre-School, the Hlengisa Primary School, the Phakama Secondary School, and the United States Consulate where they were welcomed by Consul General Alberta Mayberry.

The singers spent quality time singing with and for students from the University of the Western Cape, learning about South Africa’s history of apartheid, and the truth and reconciliation process through their visits to the District 6 Museum and Robben Island, where South African President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years. Singers and chaperones participated in activities on Women’s Day, a South African National Holiday that celebrates and recognizes the triumphs and struggles of women, past and present.

Sightseeing and educational activities were a major part of the tour’s agenda as well with visits to the SANCOB Bird Rehabilitation, the False Bay Coast, Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope where they visited the Castle of Good Hope built by the Dutch in the 1700s, the villages of Bredasdorp and Langa, the Aquila Game Park, and Cape Town’s magnificent botanical gardens.

In 2008, we hosted and performed with L’Ensemble du Brabant wallon (Belgium) in the Kodály Music Institute’s First Annual Massachusetts Urban Festival of Children’s Choirs.

In 2007, Boston City Singers was selected to represent Boston in a Boston / Melbourne (Australia) sister-city Goodwill Tour. During their three weeks “down-under,” 38 members of the Boston City Singers Concert Chorus traveled to Auckland, New Zealand, and then to the Australian cities and towns of Sydney, Canberra, Bendigo, Rutherglen, and Melbourne. They collaborated with a wide range of clinicians and choirs, performing concerts at public venues as well as hospitals and clinics. In between performances, there was much sightseeing. The trip culminated in a collaborative concert with Young Voices of Melbourne at BMW Edge Theatre, in Boston’s sister city of Melbourne.

Click here to read one singer's moving
experience on the Tour Choir trip to
South Africa!