2014 gets off to a flying start for both of the Cathedral’s Choirs’…
History was made on Saturday 25 January 2014 when the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir sang their first Evensong in the Cathedral Quire.
Over 600 people attended the evening service which included music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Dyson and Samuel Sebastian Wesley. As the girls processed out from the Quire stalls, they received a standing ovation.
The sixteen girls who are aged between 12 and 16 attend eight different schools in the region. They met for the first time at the beginning of January 2014.
The girls have begun rehearsals for their next Evensong which will be on on Saturday 29 March 2014 and this will be followed by the Diocesan Service celebrating the 20th anniversary of Women’s Ministry on Saturday 10 May 2014. In this time we hope that the girls will be fitted for new cassocks and get to know their Cathedral with a tour and trip to the top of Bell Harry Tower. We look forward to keeping you up to date with their journey. We are very grateful to the Peter Cundill Foundation for its generous support.
In February 2014, the choir performed with The Richard Alston Company for a world premiere of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb – a brand new commission from the Marlowe Theatre. In a sense, things came full circle, as Alston’s much praised celebration of Benjamin Britten’s music began in Canterbury in 2012 when he choreographed A Ceremony of Carols as part of a special co-commission by the Marlowe Theatre and Sadler’s Wells.
As if having a world premiere under your belt was not enough, the boys are currently in rehearsal for a series of short cycles of choral music at the Turner Contemporary in March. The performance will be held to celebrate the launch of Atmosphere, a new commission for the Sunley Gallery by Edmund De Waal.
Following on from Holy Week and Easter, which is a tremendously busy time, the Choir will embark on a four day trip to Norway this April, where they will sing in Bodǿ Cathedral and in Inndyr. On June 1 they will travel to France to perform Evensong at the request of Archbishop Laurent Bernard Marie Ulrich in Lille Cathedral.
We look forward to keeping you up to date with the Choirs’ exciting journeys this year.