ReTour 2014 Tour Book
Could there have been a ReTour without a Tour Book? Yes- that's a rhetorical question, of course. But while the ReTour's tour book didn't approach the 92-pages of the '76 Tour's tour book, for those who weren't in Paris, it can offer a further glimpse of how the next ReTour will work. And for those who were in Paris but whose short-term memories are on the wane (that's most of us), it will remind you what you didn't miss! Click here to download the PDF.
ReTour 2014 "Reunion Gift" CD
At the Paris ReTour's 'Farewell Dinner' following the concert on Sunday, June 15, 2014, each ReTour attendee received a CD of selections of the 1976 Tour repertoire recorded in 1976 during several of the Tour's concerts and during the end-of-Tour recording session in Sainte Chapelle. A CD from the '76 Tour was considered to be a far more meaningful gift than a reunion hat or umbrella might have been!
[Please note that this CD is not the CD of the ReTour Ensemble's concerts in Paris which were recorded and produced by Vincenzo Vanni of Le Carrozze Records and Studios (see bottom of the ReTour 2014 Concerts page for more information).]
In addition to showing the included music, the CD booklet of the '76 Tour CD includes listings of the members of the 1976 European Tour as well as the Tour's complete itinerary and concert schedule (with a miniscule map!).
Sufficient copies of the '76 Tour CD were made so that every alumni/ae of the 1976 Tour may have one- whether or not they were in Paris for ReTour 2014.
So, please, if you were not in Paris and have not already been sent one of these '76 Tour CDs, and would still like one, please e-mail Chris Morris with your snail-mail address and request one!
ReTour 2014 - The Wonder of It All!
We came together in Paris on the afternoon of Thursday, June 12, 2014, for our first rehearsal. And thus began a remarkable and intense three-and-a-half days of music-making and the rekindling of friendships from long ago- and, above all, a fusion of the two. It was astonishing in many ways- musically, because our collective 'muscle memories' of the 1976 Tour repertoire were so strong that the ensemble's comfort with the music became apparent by the time of the second rehearsal on Friday, and socially, because, as is often discovered at reunion-type events, we found that we were more connected with and/or more appreciative of our fellow choristers than we might have imagined possible 38 years before.
Four rehearsals, two big dinners, two remarkable concerts, and innumerable casual conversations, meals, strolls, and shared memories with the other alumni/ae of the 1976 European Tour were compressed into a brief span of time. And this all took place in a Paris that, by itself, evoked recollections of 1976. This is the 2014 Paris ReTour reduced to a few words.
However, as written words (at least those from the 'pen' of your ReTour webmaster) are but a weak stand-in for actual conversation with someone who was in Paris for ReTour 2014, those Tour alumni/ae who were regrettably unable to make the Paris ReTour are strongly encouraged to actually talk with someone who did! As old-fashioned as such a means of communication might be, it really is a good way to get a sense of those wondrous days. But by far the best way to get a sense of the Paris ReTour is to join us in London and Bray for ReReTour 2018 and experience it yourself!
ReTour 2014 Photos
If you were part of ReTour to Paris and can dig out more photographs that would be fun to share, please do add them to the ReTour's Flickr page or send them via e-mail to Chris Morris to be added to this website.
ReTour 2014 Concerts
The initial impetus for the ReTour was to provide an opportunity for the alumni/ae of the 1976 European Tour to perform together the music of the Tour- for the first time in 38 years.
And the two concerts of the Paris ReTour did not disappoint. They were both well-attended (by far more than just those who came to Paris with members of the 'ReTour Ensemble'!), and, more importantly, the work done together by the group to bring the music up to a performance level was quite memorable.
Click here to find out more about the performances, to see (and download) the concert program, and, of course, to listen to the music of the 1976 European Tour performed 38 years later!
ReTour 2014 Daily Stentorian
There could not have been, of course, an assemblage of '76 Tour alums- even after 38 years- without a Daily Stentorian! If you missed it, click here to download the PDF of that august document. You'll see that the years have not diminished its editors' wit in the slightest.