The Festival of the Hours is pleased to welcome Edward Higginbottom of New College, Oxford, to lead the 2016 Men and Boys Choir. During his tenure at New College, Professor Higginbottom has been a pivotal influence in English sacred music and boy choir education, both in the U.K. and internationally.
Accomplished boy trebles are encouraged to apply for participation in the 2016 Festival, to take place July 25–31, 2016 at St. Paul’s Episcopal, Oakland, California. Auditions are also open to adults and young adults for the Festival’s several choirs: Ruben Valenzuela of Bach Collegium San Diego will conduct the mixed-voice Collegium, Sven Edward Olbash the male Schola Cantorum, and Kerry McCarthy the treble Schola Alta.
Services of the Festival commence on Wednesday evening, July 27, and continue through Sunday, July 31, observing the offices of Matins, Eucharist, Evensong, and Compline for four complete days of liturgy, supplemented by a series of afternoon lectures as well as an organ recital at First Presbyterian Church, Oakland, by Bruce Neswick of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland.
For more information on auditions and the upcoming Festival, visit http://www.festivalofthehours.org.