The Tudor Choir , the Renaissance vocal ensemble founded by Doug Fullington in 1993, has announced they won't be producing a concert season in 2007-8.

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Tudor Choir Takes a Rest

No concert series planned for next season.

The Tudor Choir, the Renaissance vocal ensemble founded by Doug Fullington in 1993, has announced they won't be producing a concert season in 2007-8. It's not a disbanding, just a shift in focus for the group's twelve core vocalists, who will continue with recording and other projects: "The choir will remain available for performance opportunities. . . We look forward to future local performances, either in our own presentations or in collaboration with other groups or presenters," reads this morning's press release. The main motivation was time--Fullington's own desire to work more with dance reconstruction and history writing, in addition to his fulltime job as Education Programs Manager and assistant to Peter Boal at Pacific Northwest Ballet. (Since he prepares many of the editions of centuries-old music from which the group sings, concert planning is more labor-intensive for him than for most music directors.) In a phone chat, Fullington made it clear finances were not behind the decision: "We've been really fortunate to operate in the black all along." Whether this is a hiatus for the group or a permanent change in direction, Fullington remains unsure. But for now, the Tudor Choir's March 31-April 1 concerts will be their last under their own auspices; later performances this spring with the Auburn Symphony and in conjunction with the Tallis Scholars' summer workshops are examples of the sort of collaborative project that will keep the group a part of Seattle's concert scene.

 
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