The second musical performance of our upcoming New York City tour will take place at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue where we will serve as the guest choir for the 11:00am Eucharist.
The church, established in 1824, is located at the corner of 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and is an Episcopal parish church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
The current structure, completed in 1914, is the fourth church built to house this congregation and was designed by the architects Ralph Adams Cram and Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue in the French High Gothic Revival style. The architects are also noted for having designed Saint Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the chapel and a large portion of the campus at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, the Princeton University Chapel at Princeton University and the Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. The front of Saint Thomas Church bears a striking resemblance to the front of our own home base in Orlando, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Saint Thomas Church reached out to the British expatriate community in recognition of its Anglican heritage. This culminated in an interfaith service held at the church on September 20, 2001. The service was addressed by Prime Minister Tony Blair and broadcast live in its entirety throughout the United Kingdom.
Next stop: St. Paul’s Chapel