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July 14, 2007

Floating a cappella - choir sings on water

On a boiling hot day here in California nothing looks more inviting to me, an expat Englishman, then this video of a cappella singing in punts on the river Cam. The Trinity College Choir, Cambridge floats serenely as they sing Eric Whitacre's "Water Night" accompanied by the singing birds while swans and geese swim by creating, for me, a truly idyllic setting. I grew up not far from Cambridge and have gone punting many times and have such fond memories of this river. Here is a description of the event from the person who shot the video.

"The singing was wonderful, but the fact that it took place on the backs made it even more beautiful. I can't imagine something like this happening anywhere else in the world. Say what you will about Oxbridge culture; it still has the power to inspire. Swans and geese swam by at the evening went on. As twilight approached they illuminated the punts with strings of lights. As if all of this weren't enough, for the finale they set off from the banks with a punter at each corner of the five-punt flotilla and slowly floated around the bend in the river. They stopped just as they were about to go out of sight and performed an encore. They disappeared as the song ended. Magical."

Posted by acapnews at July 14, 2007 12:02 AM


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