Northwest Boychoir features local singers in holiday shows

December 4, 2012

The Northwest Boychoir is back with its 34th annual presentation of “A Festival of Lessons & Carols” concert series. Included in the nine regional performances are two Issaquah voices: from Northwest Boychoir, Benjamin Richardson, 14, and from Vocalpoint! Seattle, Nick Borkowski, 16.

The singers are part of the two musical groups that are combining for the 90-member holiday chorus.

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December 6, 2011

Issaquah youth to perform in holiday concert

Benjamin Richardson, 13, of Issaquah, a member of the Northwest Boys Choir, is performing with Vocalpoint! Seattle for a combined, 90-person concert, “A Festival of Lessons & Carols,” at 7:30 p.m. from Dec. 9-21 at various locations. Learn more or purchase tickets by calling 206-524-3234 or go to www.nwchoirs.org.

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Issaquah boy extends his range with Northwest Boychoir

May 26, 2009

Benjamin Richardson, wearing the shirt with a stripe across the front, rehearses “Big Rock Candy Mountain” with the Northwest Boychoir, directed by Joseph Crnko, right. By Warren Kagarise

Benjamin Richardson, wearing the shirt with a stripe across the front, rehearses “Big Rock Candy Mountain” with the Northwest Boychoir, directed by Joseph Crnko, right. By Warren Kagarise

Aspiring musicians yearn for a chance to play Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony or perform alongside Grammy-nominated vocalists.

Benjamin Richardson, 10, has accomplished all of the above.

A member of the prestigious Northwest Boychoir, Benjamin and his fellow pint-sized performers frequent concert halls and other venues across the Puget Sound region and throughout the state.

He also plays gigs closer to his Issaquah home: Benjamin and his mother perform at the Issaquah Farmers Market.

“You can put your emotion into music,” Benjamin said. “I enjoy knowing that I’m giving people joy.”

His mother, Rochelle Pearson, plays viola in the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Pearson also teaches viola and violin. Her pianist husband, Harry Richardson, is the music director at Seattle First Presbyterian Church, where the family also worships. Benjamin took to music at an early age. Read more

Northwest Boychoir rehearsal / May 20, 2009

May 26, 2009