With an estimated 42.6 million people singing in American choirs today, there are bound to be a few voices raised in opposition to a new article in the magazine Gramophone that hits the U.S. newsstands this week.
Titled “The 20 Greatest Choirs,” the article ranks the world’s best ensembles, and finds America lacking. There isn’t a single U.S. group on the list. Indeed, most of the choirs that made the rankings were British. Which led me to wonder: Are English choirs really that much better than those everywhere else? And why isn’t there a single American chorus listed?
To find some answers, I sought out James Inverne, the editor of Gramophone, for this e-mail conversation about his choir rankings.