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Culture notes: Returning Georgia Boy Choir dined like ‘Harry Potter’ at Oxford; grants open for Atlanta artists

MUSIC
Georgia Boy Choir returns from England tour

The Georgia Boy Choir returns to Atlanta tonight after what sounds like an eventful 16-day tour of London, Oxford and Wells, England.

The 26 singers reportedly have won many new fans during London concerts, a one-week residency at Oxford’s Christ Church and a three-day residency at Wells Cathedral.

The group also found opportunities to sight-see, its stops including Westminster Abbey and Stonehenge. The boys also were guests at a reception by the newly elected Lord Mayor of Oxford, Elise Benjamin.

One of the tour highlights was getting to bunk at Oxford’s Christ Church Choir School, in the residence rooms of the Cathedral’s regular choristers who were on holiday. That meant that dinner was held in the college’s Great Hall, inspiration for Howart’s Hall in the “Harry Potter” films.

One in a series of tour diaries e-mailed to parents and supporters described the scene thusly: “The Hall is really a sight to behold. There are immense wooden tables running the length of the sizable room. These hold numerous lamps and hundreds of place settings. The mahogany-paneled walls are lined with huge portraits of great men and women in history who attended the College. And what’s more, this is the very room which was used for the filming of all of the dinner scenes in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. The boys felt as though they were at Hogwart’s, even though the portraits did not speak, and there were no owls, and no candles floating in the air. Nonetheless it was pretty cool, and nothing at all like anything any of them had ever experienced.”

A number of the Georgia Boy Choir performances, save for some impromptu street singing, were broadcast live over the internet. More information on the 2-year-old group: www.georgiaboychoir.org. HOWARD POUSNER

ARTS
Grants available to Atlanta artists

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, a nonprofit that provides support to visual artists in select communities around the country, is offering metro artists the opportunity to apply for its second Atlanta awards cycle. The unrestricted awards range from $3,000 to $15,000, with awardees selected via a juried process. The online application (free) is at www.artadia.org. Deadline is Sept. 15.

Since its founding in 1997, Artadia has awarded more than $2 million to more than 200 artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston and the San Francisco Bay area. The nonprofit describes as its mission: “… to encourage innovative practice and meaningful dialogue across the United States by providing visual artists in specific communities with unrestricted awards and a national network of support.” HOWARD POUSNER

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