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 on WKSU

Tonight “at the Cathedral of St. John in downtown Cleveland, 16 angelic voices herald the debut of Northeastern Ohio’s newest ensemble: its first professional choir since the Robert Page Singers faded to a whisper 10 years ago. We listened to sacred music written by William Byrd in 1575, at a recent rehearsal…” listen here or at wksu.org

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Newly Formed Quire Cleveland Will Focus on A Cappella Early Music

Cleveland is about to acquire Quire Cleveland, a professional choral ensemble devoted largely to a cappella works from the late medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras. The group’s music director will be Peter Bennett, a British-born music faculty member at Case Western Reserve University and a conductor-scholar with extensive experience in early music.

The 18-member Quire, whose name is a 16th-century spelling of choir, will make its debut Wednesday, Sept. 24, at St. John Cathedral in downtown Cleveland with “Sing Joyfully!” The free program will comprise sacred choral music from Tudor England, including William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices and pieces by Thomas Tallis, Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Weelkes. Read more (1) »