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.

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 »

Quire Cleveland Caresses Carols of Christmas

Music for the Christmas season has been around for more centuries than our ears usually acknowledge. Most of the memorable pieces reverberating through heads this time of year tend to hail from recent times.

So it was a pleasure to encounter such an outpouring of glorious and unfamiliar Christmas works from the golden throats of Quire Cleveland on Friday at Trinity Cathedral. The professional chorus, which largely performs a cappella, was in resplendent form offering four centuries of “Carols for Quire,” as the program was called.

While Quire’s name comes from an ancient spelling of the word choir, the ensemble’s performances are freshly and purely alive. Under music director Peter Bennett, the 19 voices emerge in crystal-clear balance, whether they’re singing in pristine unison or traversing a multitude of lines. Read more »

Carols for Quire on Around Noon

Dee Perry considers the local harmonies of Quire Cleveland which recently recorded variations on the theme for NPR’s All Things Considered. The acclaimed a cappella group performs Carols from the Old and New Worlds this weekend at Trinity Cathedral. More at WCPN.org.

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Quire Presents a Trio of Christmas Concerts at Trinity Cathedral

In less then two years, Quire Cleveland has received accolades from all of the local classical music press for being an ensemble that posses “exceptional purity of pitch” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) “Equally at home in the late Classical Style [as with a cappella music from the Renaissance]” (ClevelandClassical.com) as well as for producing “joyful sounds” (Cool Cleveland). In addition to presenting solo performances, Quire Cleveland has also served as the chorus for CityMusic Cleveland. Adding to the list of accomplishments, the ensemble has received praise for presenting creative and well-researched programs that are attractive to all audiences.

For their first holiday concert presentation, Quire Cleveland has assembled an intriguing and charming variety of holiday carols titled “Carols for Quire from the Old and New Worlds.” Upon receiving an advance copy of the program notes, it was easy to tell that this is not a program merely consisting of one carol from every part of the globe, but rather a program that demonstrates the interesting journeys around the globe that many of the carols have taken. Read more (1) »