Charleston, SC (March 31, 2014) – The internationally renowned Taylor Festival Choir (TFC), led by founder Dr. Robert Taylor, will present an afternoon of festive English and American choral music in a program entitled "Last Night of the Proms" 4pm, May 4, at Grace Episcopal Church.
Inspired by the famed concerts that close the BBC Proms concerts in London, England, each summer, the Taylor Festival Choir will perform a variety of British and American choral music, ranging from "war horse" Anglican anthems such as Parry’s "I Was Glad" and Handel’s Coronation anthem "Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened" to folk songs such as "Loch Lomond" and "Rocky Road to Dublin" to the famed but rarely performed anthem "Spem in Allium", written for 40 voice parts by Elizabethan composer Thomas Tallis.
TFC will be joined by the Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary Unichorus as they present American and English patriotic songs, including God Bless America, Land of Hope and Glory, and America the Beautiful. The afternoon will also feature the acclaimed cellist Natalia Khoma, who will join TFC for the recently deceased John Tavener’s "Svyati", a funeral anthem for choir and cello. Organ virtuoso Scott Bennett is featured throughout the evening.###
The Taylor Festival Choir (TFC) is a semi-professional chamber choir based in Charleston, SC. Founded and conducted by Dr. Robert Taylor, the choir is inspired by the life and career of Bob Taylor, the conductor’s late father and a noted choral musician and pedagogue. Since its inception in 2001, the Taylor Festival Choir has toured and been heard in prestigious venues and festivals throughout the U.S., and has garnered a reputation of excellence among critics and choral specialists alike. TFC was one of only two American adult chamber choirs featured at the prestigious 2009 American Choral Directors Association National Convention and 50th anniversary celebration.
TFC has recorded with MSR Classics and Centaur Records, and its most recent release Sing We Now of Christmas, recorded with legendary guest artists including Liz Carroll, John Doyle and Kim Robertson, has been called "a choral feast that will linger long in your memory after you’ve heard it" (Audio Society of Atlanta). Its current recording project features BBC composer of the year James MacMillan’s Mass, as well as the world premier recording of Celtic Mass by Michael McGlynn. TFC is part of the Taylor Music Group, and serves as the professional choir-in-residence at the College of Charleston. It presents a full concert season in the Charleston area, and serves as the flagship ensemble for the Piccolo Spoleto Celtic Arts Series.
Personnel in the ensemble represent conductors, educators, performers and professionals from states throughout the U.S. The Taylor Festival Choir performs the finest choral literature from all eras, with particular emphasis on new music and folk music from the Celtic nations. Dedicated to bringing the beauty and spiritual enrichment of choral music to as wide an audience as possible, the Taylor Festival Choir tours frequently, and performs outreach concerts in schools and churches throughout South Carolina and surrounding states. TFC recently toured Ireland with sister ensemble Na Fidleiri in 2013. A one-hour DVD of their performances will soon be produced and aired on SCETV.
- "One of the finest choirs in the country" – Stephen Paulus, composer
- "Charleston now has its own world-class choir" – American Record Guide
- "NO WONDER the Taylor Festival Choir has such a stellar reputation. Their concentration, their precision, their passion, and, above all, their unity of sound are unsurpassed." – Charleston Today
- "Absolutely beautiful and expressive singing" – Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor