KCS Tours

The Knoxville Choral Society has participated in several concert tours and is planning another concert tour of Scotland and England in June, 2018. Download this PDF to learn more.

Some recent tours are listed below in reverse chronological order:

June 2018

Members of KCS and friends traveled to Scotland and England under the direction of Dr. Eric Thorson on his final trip abroad with KCS. Performances were held in Oban’s St. John’s Cathedral, the Royal Chapel in Stirling Castle, and in Edinburgh’s St. Gile’s Cathedral. In England, the KCS joined Colorado’s Larimer Chorale in a joint concert at St. Mary’s University Church in Cambridge. Our final few anthems were sung en route to London, in the Chapel of Madingley Cemetery, where Americans from WW2 are interred, an incredibly moving close for the singing portion of the tour. Other highlights included visiting Perth, St. Andrews, the Isle of Iona & Staffa, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London, and a London Theatre District production.

June 2016

Members of KCS traveled to Belgium and France, with performances in the Church of Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Brussels, the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges, a benefit concert in the church in St-Mer-Eglise and a concert in the beautiful Chartres Cathedral. Other highlights included singing at the American Cemetery in Normandy, and touring Mont-St-Michel and Paris.

June 2014

Members of the Knoxville Choral Society traveled to New York City to join with singers from the Maryville College Community Choir, the Columbus Choral Society, and the Treasure Coast Community Singers to form a 200 voice choir. Together, they sang the New York premiere performance of John Purifoy’s Chronicles of Blue and Gray in the magnificent Carnegie Hall. The second half of the program consisted of a bluegrass mass, hence the program title, “Bluegrass and Gray”.

June 2013

Members of the KCS traveled to a Ireland, singing a joint concert with the Galway Choral Society and a benefit concert in Sligo for the cathedral as well as participated in a service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

June 2011

Concerts by the KCS contingency were held in Venice, near Lucca with the local chorus: Coro Puccini, in a church in Norcia which was recently destroyed by an earthquake in 2016) and in a service participation at St. Paul’s in Rome. Other highlights included visiting Florence, Assisi and Spoleto.

December 2007

Knoxville Choral Society members were invited to join St. Timothy Choir and Carson-Newman A Cappella Choir to perform in Nazareth, Jerusalem and Amman, Jordan. The tour culminated in a performance of parts of Handel’s Messiah at Bethlehem Square on Christmas Eve.

June 2005

Members of KCS joined a chorus under the direction of Dr. Robert McBain in a performance of the Verdi Requiem at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Summer 2002

Members of KCS toured in Europe including concerts in Prague, Cottbus, Vienna and Bratislava. The chorus was directed by Dr. Eric Thorson and accompanied by Danny Brian.