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A university choir from Minnesota are bringing their UK tour to Ramsgate this Friday (3rd March). The concert will be at St Ethelbert’s Church, Hereson Road, Ramsgate.
The concert is free, and donations are encouraged for the ongoing works at Pugin’s church of St Augustine, Ramsgate.
The concert is timed to coincide with Augustus Pugin’s 205th birthday, which falls on 1st March. Pugin, who made his home in Ramsgate and redefined design in the nineteenth century, is buried at St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, where a major restoration project is under way. The concert marks this important anniversary.
The transatlantic choir, The Chamber Singers of St Mary’s University Minnesota, has 25 singers and is directed by Dr Patrick O’Shea, professor of music. Their repertoire includes works by Palestrina, Tavener, Debussy, Woollen, Lauridsen, and Nystedt. The concert will also include a setting by Dr O’Shea of the “Prayer of St Anselm” which was written by St Anselm of Canterbury.
Other venues on the tour include Canterbury Cathedral, St Patrick’s church in Soho Square, and the Oxford Oratory.
Fr Marcus Holden, rector of St Augustine’s and parish priest of St Ethelbert’s, said, “We are very pleased to welcome the Chamber Singers who are coming to Ramsgate all the way from Minnesota. We hope lots of people will come to this high quality concert – as an added bonus, it’s free!”
Doors open at 7:30pm, and entry is free. The venue is St Ethelbert’s Church, 72, Hereson Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 7DS. Donations for the works at St Augustine’s are encouraged.