Choirs sought for rare Carnegie Hall performance of Rutter’s Requiem

Rugby School, UK
Posted Mar 28, 2024

For many choirs in the U.S. and beyond, performing at the illustrious Carnegie Hall in New York City is merely a dream.

In 2025, that dream could become a reality through a residency program organized by MidAmerica Productions to offer musicians the opportunity to perform great musical works with highly acclaimed directors in one of the world’s finest concert venues.

As part of the program, Richard Tanner, a British organist and music director with more than 30 years of experience training choirs, has been invited to conduct a performance of John Rutter’s Requiem on Sunday, April 6, 2025.

Tanner is one of several conductors, but the only one from the U.K., who will direct a performance in the concert residency series.

“I was very surprised but thrilled to be invited to conduct a concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall,” said Tanner, who has been Director of Music at Rugby School in the U.K. since September 2012. “It’s one of the great concert venues of the world.”

Tanner has extensive experience working with professional and amateur musicians as well as in the recording industry, as artistic director of a concert series and in the fields of education and outreach.

Rugby School is one of the U.K.’s most prestigious and historic independent schools, where Tanner leads a large team of professional musicians and students with broad specialisms.

Tanner is also founder and director of the Rugby Choristers at Bilton Grange, the U.K.’s newest choral foundation in the Anglican tradition. The Rugby Choristers sing six Choral Evensongs each week during term time, alongside professional singers and choral scholars from Rugby School.

The Carnegie Hall concert will feature the New England Symphonic Ensemble and a magnificent choir comprising 125 singers.

Further information is available via the MidAmerica Productions website here.

Tanner noted that John Rutter’s Requiem is a particularly fitting selection, both for the season of Lent and because Rutter served as the inaugural conductor of the New England Symphonic Ensemble in 1988.

There will be 10 four-day residencies offered from April-June 2025.

Rutter’s Requiem will be performed during the April 4-7, 2025 residency. Choirs may select from two options in each residency.

Full Concert Residency Package
Includes 4 nights hotel accommodation, transportation within Manhattan where necessary for rehearsals, concert and post-concert celebration cruise aboard Spirit Cruises to and around the Statue of Liberty.
$1,799 per person

Concert Residency Package
All of the above, but travel & hotel accommodations not included).
$1,199 per person

There are also opportunities for instrumentalists to join the program.

MidAmerica Productions is in its 41st year of providing extraordinary musical experiences for choirs and instrumentalists.