This summer, the door opens wide into Spain.
This month, the Peart pair — comprised of London siblings Ruth and Luke Peart — will be part of Columbus Children’s Choir’s (CCC) 36-member touring ensemble, New World Singers, as they take part in a nine-day music tour that takes them to the Spanish cities of Barcelona, Segovia, and Granada.
They will present public performances at historic basilicas and churches across the country. Performances of note include a cultural exchange with the Escolania de Segovia, one of Spain’s foremost children’s choirs, and two engagements at Granada’s prestigious International Festival of Music and Dance.
The group is led by Artistic Director Jeanne Wohlgamuth, CCC Conductor Sarah Santilli, and accompanist Chad Baker.
“Interacting with a culture different from their own is one of the most powerful ways children begin to understand,” Wohlgamuth said. “When they can do that through music, the overall knowledge they acquire is meaningful and long-lasting. I am thrilled that CCC is able to offer its singers the chance to grow as individuals and to bond with their fellow choir members.”
CCC staff, singers, and parents have been raising funds for nearly 10 months leading up to the tour. The organization received a $10,000 grant from Kiwanis Club of Columbus to provide scholarships for singers with financial need, and $5,000 from Limited Brands to support the tour.
Performances at central Ohio churches as well as bake sales and additional fundraisers have also assisted the NWS in defraying their travel costs. Raffle tickets for a 5-day trip to Paris, sponsored by Encore Tours, are still on sale. Single tickets can be purchased for $5 or a book of 5 tickets is available for $20. The children will draw the winning ticket before they depart for Spain.
Wohlgamuth has traveled abroad several times with her choirs from Dublin Jerome High School.
The Columbus Children’s Choir (CCC) has been reaching audiences throughout central Ohio and beyond for more than two decades—first as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Children’s Chorus, and for 18 seasons as CCC.
The organization is supported by the Ohio Arts Council, the Columbus Foundation, White Castle, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Puffin Foundation West, Limited Brands, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Kiwanis Club of Columbus.