Eric and the Eric Whitacre Singers were humbled and privileged to perform at a ceremony honoring Archbishop Desmond Tutu at London’s Guildhall as he was presented with the 2013 Templeton Prize Laureate. Performing Bach’s Singet dem Herrn and Eric’s Lux Aurumque they came together with fellow performers, world-renowned vocal artist Annie Lennox and the vibrant London African Gospel Choir, in a rousing performance of Lean on Me to close the ceremony.
The £1.1 million Templeton Prize has been made in recognition of Tutu’s lifelong work in advancing spiritual principles such as love and forgiveness which have helped to liberate people around the world. The Templeton Prize is the world’s largest annual monetary award given to an individual for the past 40 years. Tutu joins a distinguished group of 42 former recipients including last year’s Laureate, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. It celebrates living persons of any creed, profession or national origin who have made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.