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ChristmasinHarvardSquare finalOn the heels of having several #1 Billboard Classical Traditional albums, De Montfort Music teamed up with sister label AimHigher Recordings and Decca Records/Universal Music Classics in the discovery of the angelic music of the Boys of St. Paul’s Choir School. Having just celebrated their 50th anniversary, Saint Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge, Massachusetts strives to engage young men in the development of their intellectual and musical talents. The academy has been described not as a school with a choir, but as a choir with a school. Located in the heart of Harvard Square, the school has had a large presence and impact within the Harvard community. The school seeks to develop the diverse musical talents of each boy so that he may use his musical gifts serving the community at large by the performance of master works of choral literature.
Founded in 1963 by Dr. Theodore Marier, an internationally acclaimed scholar of Gregorian chant, Saint Paul’s Choir School is the premiere musically intensive, academically rigorous boy choir school which educates choristers in grades 4 through 8 in the United States. The Choir School seeks to embrace the great cathedral school tradition as it unites a rigorous musical and academic curriculum preparing each student to grow and flourish in a dynamic and changing world.
Having performed frequently with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with Leonard Bernstein, and having performed on the road from Carnegie Hall to St. Peter’s Square at a papal audience for Pope Francis, the boys of St. Paul’s Choir School have covered much diverse and musically challenging territory.
Saint Paul’s Choir School —identifies and accepts boys from the greater Boston area as well as the entire United States, who are musically talented and academically qualified. Students are offered an intensive musical training, a rigorous academic program.
Through challenging academic offerings, the school aspires to give each student a strong foundation in basic skills and to provide multiple opportunities for enrichment, so that Choir School graduates may continue their formation in secondary schools recognized for their academic excellence.
The Boys of St. Paul’s Choir School are at an apex of greatness under the musical direction of Mr. John Robinson, who hails from the UK and came up in the boys choir schools in Cambridge, UK.
Christmas in Harvard Square will be the first international release for the Boys of St. Paul’s Choir School in the fall of 2014. The creative forces behind the album include Grammy Award-winning Producer Blanton Alspaugh, and Mark Donahue, also a multiple Grammy Award-winning producer. The repertoire for the recording was hand-picked by Mr. John Robinson, The Choir’s Musical Director.
St. Paul’s Choir School has a long-standing Christmas tradition of marking the holidays with an annual Christmas concert. The concert has become such a thriving event, the choir will now be staging two in 2014 – December 7th and December 14th at St. Paul’s. Attendees from all over New England are expected to attend. No strangers to high-profile events, over the years the choir has performed frequently with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and with the Boston Pops, and also with the late Leonard Bernstein. They have also sung the National Anthem multiple times at both Red Sox and Celtics games, and have also graced the stage of Carnegie Hall. Most recently, they had the honor of singing for Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Christmas in Harvard Square will be the first international release for the Boys of St. Paul’s Choir School.