By Keely Laughlin for the Island Connection
The Taylor Festival Choir and Na Fidleiri will perform cherished carols, lively holiday-themed Celtic jigs and reels and operatic and folk vocal offerings at 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Church of Our Saviour on Kiawah Island.
“A Charleston Christmas: Celtic & Classical,” sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts & Cultural Events Council, features music from the Taylor Festival Choir’s soon-to-be-released holiday CD, “So Hallow’d the Time,” as well as fresh holiday folk-fare delivered by Na Fidleiri’s unique artistry.
The Taylor Festival Choir is a professional chamber choir founded and conducted by Robert Taylor and inspired by the lives and careers of his parents, Bob and Cornelia Taylor, music educators in their home state of Arkansas. Since its inception in 2001, the choir has toured throughout the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom and has earned a reputation of excellence among critics and choral specialists alike. The choir has been featured in multiple American Choral Directors Association Conferences, including the 50th anniversary celebration and National Conference in 2009.
The Taylor Festival Choir is part of the Taylor Music Group and serves as the professional choir-in-residence at the College of Charleston and at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It presents a full concert season in the Charleston area and serves as the flagship ensemble for the Piccolo Spoleto Celtic Arts Series.
Na Fidleiri, also part of the Taylor Music Group, was founded in 2000 in Charleston by Mary Scott Taylor. Na Fidleiri trains classical violin players and fiddle players in the traditional style of Celtic music. Students produce a wonderfully full beautiful sound combined with idiomatic folk style, with refined intonation, precision and tight ensemble.
There is no charge for the concert, and tickets will be available Nov. 19 for Kiawah residents and Nov. 22 for the general public. To learn more, visit kiawahisland.org/events.