On 16 October, the Chamber Choir and Trombones of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) joined with Leeds Cathedral Choir on a visit to St Wilfrid’s Church in Ripon as part of their biennial residency at Leeds Cathedral.
This is the UTEP Chamber Singers and Trombones’ fourth residency at the Cathedral and second concert at St Wilfrid’s. The UTEP Chamber Singers is a 16-voice SATB ensemble specialising in choral chamber music of all historical time periods and vocal genres, including contemporary music. In addition to performing on UTEP Choir concerts on and off campus, the Chamber Singers regularly perform as ambassadors for the UTEP Department of Music, singing for local and university service events including UTEP basketball games and Commencement ceremonies.
Sharing the conducting were UTEP Music Director Elisa Fraser Wilson and Leeds Cathedral Assistant Organist David Grealy, with keyboard accompaniment from David Pipe and Caius Lee.
The concert was part of the parish’s celebrations of St Wilfrid’s consecration of his first basilica in Ripon and delighted the audience, which included Parish Priest Canon Ian Smith, with a range of traditional and contemporary choral works, heard to their best advantage in the superb acoustic of the newly refurbished St Wilfrid’s Catholic Church.