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The Best of  HisMajesty's Men

Choral Concert & Conference

The Best of Majesty's Men

Choral Concert


Saturday, August 3rd 2024

 7:30pm in St. John Cantius Church



The Golden Tapestry: Spiritual Orientation of the Catholic Sacred Music Tradition 

10:30-11:30 am,  St. John Cantius Parish Hall

Early in the history of the Church, Augustine and Boethius provided us a framework by which to discern the objective reality of beauty. How can we understand and discern Beauty via this framework, and how has the Catholic sacred music tradition pursued this "Musica Universalis" since its inception? 


Presented by Composer Dr. Mark Nowakowski and Richard Childress


Join us in the parish hall for coffee and refreshments. This event is free of charge but an RSVP is appreciated since space is limited. Please RSVP here:


The Best of His Majesty's Men

“...purity of tone and impeccably smooth delivery. ...their subtlety of color could not be bettered.”

(Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune)


“intelligent and expressive”

(John Y. Lawrence, Chicago Classical Review)


The critically-acclaimed five-man vocal ensemble His Majesty's Men, ensemble-in-residence at St.

John Cantius Church, Chicago, will present a concert there on Saturday August 3 at 7:30 pm.


Unreserved tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students.

They can be purchased from June 3 via


Ticketsource or on the door (cash/check only).


The critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble Majesty's Men will once again perform at the historic  St John Cantius Church in Chicago.  Their program, "The Best of His Majesty's Men", will feature much-loved music from their past six

years of concerts, and three brand new pieces written for them by Mark Nowakowski, Nicholas

Lemme and Peter Kwasniewski. These new works celebrate love and beauty as told in the biblical

"Song of Songs" Another highlight of this concert will be a performance of Sir John Tavener's

"Village Wedding", originally commissioned by The Hilliard Ensemble, which evokes a Mediterranean summer afternoon with sounds from the Greek Orthodox tradition. Spanish works by Victoria, Morales and Vásquez, as well as some perennial lighter favourites, will round out the program.


A reception will take place after the concert in the Café San Giovanni, where the audience can meet the performers and composers.


Brought together in 2016 by countertenor Richard Childress, His Majesty's Men are ensemble-in-

residence at St John Cantius Church in Chicago, USA. The Men come from Great Britain, Chicago

and New York where they all have busy professional music careers.. They sing countertenor, tenor

and bass, a voicing which enables them to come close to the original sound and performing pitch of

much early vocal music. At the same time, they are strongly committed to the best modern music

and commissions. They have commissioned new works from American composers Mark Nowakowski,

Chad McCoy, Peter Kwasniewski and Nicholas Lemme.













Richard Childress, countertenor
Matthew Dean, tenor
Joe Labozetta, baritone
Nathaniel Adams, baritone
Ian Prichard, bass

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