Quire Cleveland makes life more harmonious by introducing audiences to choral music not heard in the modern era — including modern premieres of works newly discovered or reconstructed — breathing life into the music of our shared heritage. Through the human voice, Quire provides a vital connection to distant lands and ages past, revealing the timeless universality of this art. Under the artistic direction of Ross W. Duffin, Quire performs 9 centuries of a cappella repertoire.

Carols for Quire CDs

 

 

 

 

Carols for Quire: Volume 2




 

Carols for Quire from the Old and New Worlds, Volume 2 features Medieval carols, Renaissance chansons and motets, English Romantics, and even a world premiere composed for Quire Cleveland!

With Carols for Quire 2, you can experience Quire Cleveland’s annual programs at the architecturally splendid Trinity Cathedral, which have become a favorite holiday tradition. Read a rave review from last year’s performance, as well as praise for this recording in Early Music America magazine.

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Quire Records for Generations to Come

Quire Cleveland recording for OUP anthology

Quire Cleveland has been commissioned by Oxford University Press to record early music for a new anthology of music. It will go with an upcoming textbook for undergraduate music students. Case Western Reserve University Music Professor David Rothenberg, editor of the anthology, worked with Quire’s Artistic Director Ross Duffin (pictured above with Quire).

Pictured below are the men of Quire, directed by Duffin, recording Gregorian chant for the anthology. Photos by Beverly Simmons, Quire’s Marketing Director and producer of the recordings. Thomas Knab was the recording engineer.

Quire's men record Gregorian chant for the Oxford anthology

Quire Bids Goodbye to Director Bennett

On the heels of Carols for Quire, the triumphant series of Christmas concerts at Trinity Cathedral, Quire Cleveland regrets to announce the departure of our founding Music Director, Peter Bennett. Having been with us through the planning stages, auditions, and concerts of our first season and a half, he now leaves to pursue other personal and professional commitments. We are grateful to Dr. Bennett for helping Quire reach so high, and wish him well. Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin will succeed him as conductor.

Quire Cleveland’s ‘Carols for Quire’: Admirable Choral Refinement at Trinity

Only now in its second season, Quire Cleveland has already achieved a high level of corporate vocal polish under the tutelage of its British founder and conductor Peter Bennett. The nineteen member professional vocal ensemble sang nineteen pieces in five languages in the first of three ‘Carols for Quire’ concerts at Trinity Cathedral on Friday evening, demonstrating an inspiring mastery of blend and intonation and sounding very much like the American version of an English cathedral or Oxbridge chapel choir (sure, Quire uses female sopranos and altos plus one countertenor, but things are changing across the pond these days).

Quire’s program featured some well-known carols from England, Spain & Mexico, Germany and the US and Canada as well as a few charming rarities — and four motets which gave weight to a program otherwise tilted toward short, strophic pieces. Read more »