A Touch of London at Arch St.

Frank McHugh Around the Province

BOSTON – On Palm Sunday evening, the friars and about 175 interested listeners were treated to a wonderful recital of sacred music by the 46 voices of the Eltham College Choir from London.

With about a month’s notice, Frank McHugh, the director of worship at the shrine, arranged to have the choir give their last performance at St. Anthony Shrine, before returning home from a tour that included both New York City and Boston.

Under the direction of organist Henry Fairs, the choir sang works by Brahms and Durufle, as well as English composers Orlando Gibbons, Henry Purcell and others.

Frank stated, “The amazing aspect for this visit centers on the fact that the organizers found our Web site and contacted us as their choice place for this performance.”

When the recital ended, the choirmaster expressed his deep gratitude for the reception they received and stressed that “this was our largest and most enthusiastic audience so far, and it made the trip worthwhile!”