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2010 - Switzerland

Irving Chorale's sixth international trip was a concert tour of Switzerland in July 2010. The Irving Chorale toured and shared their music with the people of Switzerland with performances scheduled for Zurich, Geneva, and Lucerne.
2008 - Ireland

Irving Chorale's fifth international trip was a concert tour of Ireland in July 2008. Performances were in St. Ann's Church Dublin, The Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas in Galway, The National Park and Muckross House in Killarney, Waterford City Hall, and Glendalough Visitor Center.

Music for the tour featured selections of American folk, spirituals, and Broadway music. Our repertoire included Alleluia Canon, Zion's Walls, Hark I hear the Harps Eternal, Ching-A-Ring Chaw. Soon-Ah Will Be Done, Keep your Lamps, None Like You, Wade in the Water, Broadway Blast, The Impossible Dream, Polly Wolly Doodle, Wheels of a Dream, Yellow Rose of Texas, Ol' Man River, and Gaelic Blessing.

Among many sights and cities, Chorale members and traveling companions visited Trinity College and Book of Kells in Dublin; Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, including a medieval banquet at the castle; Jaunting Car ride through the forest at Muckross; Blarney Castle where some kissed the Blarney Stone; Monastery at Glendalough; a demonstration of working sheep dogs; and an Irish stage show at Tralee featuring original Irish music and Irish dancers.
Click herefor the limericks and songs written by the Irving Chorale while on their way to Limerick Ireland.


2005 - Italy

 
 
2002 - Austria

The Irving Chorale embarked on its third and most recent international tour in July of 2002 with a visit to Austria. Concerts were given in the English-speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna, Zum Gottlichen Heiland, Bergkirche, Franziskanerkirche Maria Himmelfahrt, and St. Michael Church in Mondsee. Music for the tour included Sing Joyfully, Missa Secunda, Messe Basse, Ave Verum Corpus, Psalm I, Musicks Empire, Blessed Assurance, and Sing a New Song. The Chorale was fortunate to see many famous sites while on tour, including the Vienna Opera House, St. Charles' Church, Schnbrunn Palace, Esterhazy Castle, the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, the Graz Opera House, Redetzky Bridge, Eggenburg Palace, the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter in Salzburg, Mirabell Palace, Hellbrunn Palace, and St. Michael Church in Mondsee where the von Trapp's were married.
1999 - Scotland and England

In July of 1999, the Chorale returned to an unseasonably warm and sunny Scotland and England for their second international tour. The Chorale first performed at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, followed by a warm, friendly reception and concert at St. Michael and All Angel’s Church in Howarth. The Chorale continued on to perform at York Minster (the largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe), Selby Abbey (founded in 1069 AD), and Coventry Cathedral. The music for this tour included The Star Spangled Banner, O Magnum Mysterium, O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, Messe Basse, The Last Words of David, Brazilian Psalm, Danny Boy, and Shenandoah. While on tour, the group visited Stirling Castle, the William Wallace Monument, Edinburgh Castle, Wordsworth’s Cottage and Churchyard, the Bronte Parsonage Museum, the medieval town of York, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare Centre, Oxford, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London. Other activities included a Scottish ceili, a boat tour on Lake Windermere in the Lake District, a performance of Othello at the Royal Shakespeare Theater at Stratford-on-Avon, and performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express at The Apollo Victoria Theater and Mousetrap at St. Martin’s Theater, both in London.
1996 - Toronto, Canada

During the summer of 1996, the Chorale traveled to Toronto, Canada. The Chorale was challenged by a-diverse concert venues that included Casa Loma castle, Woodbine Race Track, and St. Andrew’s Church. The performance at the Ontario Jockey Club was the most thrilling as the Chorale’s performance of the Canadian National Anthem was televised on Canadian National Television. Music for this Canadian visit included O Canada!, The Star Spangled Banner, From Sea to Shining Sea, Hodie, Festival Sanctus, Ave Verum Corpus, Ave Maria, Gaelic Blessing, and other favorite American spirituals.
1994 - England and Wales

The Irving Chorale’s first international tour was for nine days in June of 1994 to England and Wales. The Chorale presented a patriotic concert at St. Mary’s Church in Portsmouth in remembrance of the fallen heroes of World War II during ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. Other concert venues included Hampton Lucy Church in Warwick and St. Andrew’s Church in Oakington. Music for the tour included All My Hope on God is Founded, Hodie Christus Natus Est, Magnum Mysterium, The Prayer of Saint Francis, Shenandoah, I Hear America Singing, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, From Sea to Shining Sea, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. While on tour, Chorale members visited historic D-Day sites and museums, along with other famed historic landmarks such as Bath, where the famous Roman Baths still stand; ancient Stonehenge; Stratford, where Anne Hathaway and William Shakespeare were married; Cambridge, where many of England’s most famous colleges stand; and London, where the group visited St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and Piccadilly Circus.
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