Touring is a vital part of the life of Peterhouse Chapel Choir. Musically inspiring and culturally rich, these tours are life-changing opportunities for our organ and choral scholars to see exciting and often unusual destinations and to share their music-making with a wider international audience. Each year, the Choir tours internationally to sing in some of the finest buildings in Europe and beyond: recent destinations have included Venice, Tuscany, Provence, Andalucia and Iceland.
The Choir's most recent tour in June 2019 was to the Baltic States, singing concerts and services in Vilnius (Lithuania) and Riga (Latvia). As well as exploring the two very different capital cities of Lithuania and Latvia, the choir also had the chance to explore further afield--visiting the lakes and castle at Trakai, and travelling across Lithuania to the coast to visit Klaipeda and to take a ferry across the Curonian Lagoon to see the Dead Dunes of Nida. Our concert programme included music by Guerrero, Victoria, Bruckner and Holst. We also performed works with particular connections to Peterhouse--including music written by our first Director of Music, Thomas Wilson, in the 1630s, and Peter Aston's setting of 'Fountain of sweets', a poem by Joseph Beaumont (a Fellow of Peterhouse in the 17th Century).
In July 2018, the Choir visited Copenhagen and Tórshavn in the farflung Faroe Islands. Over the course of a week, they sang for a celebration of Holy Communion at Vor Frelser's Kirke, Copenhagen, and Choral Evensong in the Havnar Kirkja (Tórshavn Cathedral) which included a rare chance to sing in Faroese. They also sang two concerts, at St Alban's Anglican Church, Copenhagen and Vesturkirkjan, Tórshavn. Alongside their singing--which included performances of Byrd's Mass for Four Voices, and music by Duruflé, Rachmaninov, and James MacMillan--there was time to climb the famous corkscrew tower of Vor Frelsers, spend time at the Tivoli, and to trek across the misty mountains of the Faroe Islands to St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkjubøer. Have a look below at our two video diaries, which include footage of our performances while abroad.