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April 15, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Byrd Ensemble off to London

Seattle Symphony players are not the only local musicians invited out of town. The Byrd Ensemble, led by Markdavin Obenza, is one of just 16 choirs in the world selected for the London International A Cappella Choir Competition (April 21-26), and the only one from the U.S. The winning choir will receive 3,000 pounds (a little over $5,000 U.S. at this writing). Judges include Tallis Scholars director Peter Phillips, composer John Rutter and James O’Donnell, director of music at Westminster Abbey. But wait, there’s more  — the competition takes place at St. John’s, Smith Square, a Thomas Archer-designed church leveled during the Blitz but restored to its English Baroque glory in the 1960s.

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