The Taylor Festival Choir and Na Fidleiri perform cherished carols, lively holiday-themed Celtic jigs and reels, and operatic and folk vocal offerings in A Charleston Christmas: Celtic & Classical. The concert 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 (TFC) is a professional chamber choir founded and conducted by Robert Taylor. The choir is inspired by the lives and careers of his parents Bob and Cornelia Taylor, venerated music educators in their home state of Arkansas. Since its inception in 2001, the Taylor Festival Choir has toured and been heard in prestigious venues and festivals throughout the United States, Ireland and the UK, and has garnered a reputation of excellence among critics and choral specialists alike. TFC has been featured in multiple American Choral Directors Association Conferences, including the 50th anniversary celebration and National Conference in 2009.
TFC 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, South Carolina 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.