Evan had the most wonderful time with the Honors Performance people in New York. It was amazing to see all these kids who had never met, come together in only 3 days to produce such fantastic music. They had had 3 months to learn all their pieces by heart prior to coming together, but it really was unbelievable how accomplished they all were, and all under the age of 15.
The actual performance was beautiful. It began with the choir who sang 6 songs together, including the world premier of 'I'm bound for Glory!' by Sally K Albrecht and Jay Althouse, followed by the orchestra, closing with the band. The concert lasted 2.5 hours and was brilliant from start to finish.
Evan was the only chorister not from the USA, the only boy treble in the choir, and the Isle of Man got a special mention in the opening speech at Carnegie Hall. As a thank you, Evan presented Ms Albrecht with a copy of the Manx National Songbook.
He was in a chaperone group of 15 kids, most from Florida, but some from California and Illinois. They had a party in Times Square, saw a Broadway show, and went on day trips to Central Park and American National History Museum. He had had the most amazing time.
Anyway, it was a terrific week for us all, but most especially Evan. You were absolutely right, it is a truly beautiful and memorable place to perform and we are so delighted that Evan was involved.