Mostly Music: The Journey of the Chorus of Westerly (United States | 2016, 56 min)
Directed by: Caswell Cooke
The Chorus of Westerly is one of the most unique singing groups in the United States. It is the only Chorus where 8 year olds can sing alongside adults and perform the masterworks of classical music. This is the story of the founding of this singing family and how after 53 years the baton was passed by founding Music Director George Kent to Andrew Howell, a young man who grew up in the Chorus of Westerly under Kent, who now presides over this Chorus of nearly 200 all volunteer singers.Mostly Music tells the story of the Chorus at home in Westerly, Rhode Island, at a very special yearly music camp in New Hampshire as well as chronicles four international tours to England, Austria, The Czech Republic and Italy.The film follows Howell as he trains the singers from an early age and brings them through a season of classical performances, a unique 'celebration of Twelfth Night' and a 'Summer Pops' performance held annually attracting 20,000 spectators with Grucci Fireworks and Artillery.Wonderful music selections grace this documentary from Bach to Tchaikovshy all performed by the Chorus and Festival Orchestra. This film follows not only the story of Kent and Howell, but also of a family that has three generations singing together as well as six children all under the age of 13 showing the audience how much of a profound impact the music and training has had on their lives.Don't miss out on one of the greatest organizations in the world, in a small seaside town.