London’s Aurora Nova to Appear at Middlebury College
Center for the Arts

Concert is Part of Group’s First U.S. Tour

Aurora Nova, a women’s choir from London, will perform
on Thursday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the
Middlebury College Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Rt.
30). The group will sing music from around the world and across
the ages which is written in honor of the Virgin Mary. The choir’s
program will include Brahms,
Verdi, Holst, and Duruflé. Aurora Nova’s director, Patrick
Craig, will join the vocalists during their conclusion when he
provides accompaniment on the harp in a performance of Benjamin
Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” The
concert is part of the group’s first
tour in the United States.

Craig founded Aurora Nova, which means
new dawn, in 1996 to gather together what he considers “the
cream of young female vocal talent in Britain today,” and
to begin to address the lack of work opportunities for young female
singers in London compared with their male colleagues. Since
its founding, Aurora Nova was invited to become the first professional
all-female group to lead the Sunday worship in London’s St. Paul’s
Cathedral, receiving extensive media coverage on this occasion.

Various Aurora Nova vocalists are also members of
the major British choirs, including Sixteen, Polyphony, and the
BBC singers.

Along with their concert, Aurora Nova will offer
two other events at Middlebury College. On Thursday, January
22 at 4:15 p.m. in the Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts,
The Revd. Lucy Winkett, one of the group’s members, will give
a lecture entitled “In the Beginning was the Word: Theology
of the Voice.” She is a Minor Canon and Chaplain of St.
Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Aurora Nova also will lead a choral evensong on Saturday,
January 24 at 5 p.m. in Mead Chapel on Hepburn Rd. off of College
St. (Rt. 125). The lecture and the evensong are free and open
to the public.

Tickets for the concert series performance are $9.00
general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. A pre-performance
dinner at 6:00 p.m. at the Rehearsals Cafe in the Center for the
Arts is also available. To order tickets or make dinner reservations,
please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.