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GA Singers Host London Girls Choir

The voices of girls from Greenwich Academy, St. Paul's Girls School in London and St. Cecilia Choir will fill Greenwich's Christ Church Tuesday night in a free public concert.

"The girls are so excited," said Beth Raaen, performing arts chair and conductor of the Madrigal Singers at GA. "One of their favorite parts of [touring abroad] is meeting and singing with other choirs who love music as much as we do."

The Upper School Madrigal Singers uphold an honored musical tradition at GA. In 2004, they performed for First Lady Laura Bush at a private White House reception. That year they also sang at a private mass in St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. The Madrigals have also toured Greece, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and Spain. "GA has a strong commitment to global outreach," said Raaen.

St. Paul's Girl's School has rich musical history as well. It was begun in 1905, in the words of the founding High Mistress, "to make the music of the school of no ordinary merit." The school has orchestras, choirs, bands and other ensembles that perform regular concerts. And most students learn at least one instrument or take singing lessons.

The Madrigals and Bel Canto will join the St. Paul's singers and St. Cecilia choir of Christ Church for a finale of "Panis Angelicus." The free concert is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact braaen@greenwichacademy.org.

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