Boston Choral Ensemble
In the fall of 2011 Andrew Shenton became the third Artistic Director of Boston Choral Ensemble, one the nation’s most innovative and highly regarded choirs. BCE is a chamber choir that seeks to enrich the choral art through innovative programming, artistic excellence, and creative collaboration. BCE is dedicated to performing a wide range of repertoire with stylistic integrity, promoting new music, and educating its audience and singers.
BCE is an auditioned choir of about 40 mixed-voices. Our programs are varied and engage membership and audiences both intellectually and emotionally. In November 2013 we were voted one of Boston’s Best Choirs by CBS news. See the article here.
During Dr. Shenton’s tenure the choir has sung at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, held a series of concerts in the Hayden Planetarium in the Museum of Science (which resulted in a collaborative and interactive video which can be seen here [flat version for fixed screen] or here [interactive version for tablet]), continued an annual commission competition, sang numerous world premieres and North American premieres by composers such as Judith Weir and Arvo Pärt, and held concerts in diverse venues such as Mission Church, Lilypad in Cambridge, and Oberon (a stage of the American Repertory Theater). Our annual holiday concert in Old South Church is one of the highlights of the calendar and is always a popular concert.
2018-2019 SEASON: MASTERWORKS
Boston Choral Ensemble’s 2018 – 2019 season presents works by Rachmaninoff, Britten, MacMillan and Talbot. We are honored to be partnering with Mission Church, Boston where we feature as this year’s “Music at Mission” series. In November we gave the North American premiere of Arvo Pärt’s And I heard a voice … along with Rachmaninoff’s All-night Vigil. In March we perform MacMillan’s stunning Seven Last Words from the Cross, for choir and string orchestra, along with a recent performing edition of the original version of Allegri’s famous Miserere (Psalm 51); and in our final concert we reprise our performance of Path of Miracles by Joby Talbot.
For more information, including the program, program notes, texts and translations, please visit the BCE web site.