The Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir is currently in rehearsal for their first Christmas concert. The choir’s debut concert ‘Dancing Day’ will be performed in the Nave on Friday 5 December 2014 19:30. Twelve months ago the Cathedral announced its plans to introduce a girls’ choir to its musical team. The announcement was met with a positive global media response and the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir was established in January 2014. The choir’s first performance at Evensong in January was attended by more than 600 people and widely covered by the international press. The choir has gone on to enjoy a very successful first year and have performed at several significant Services in the Cathedral, including the Service held to mark the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests and that for the consecration of the Bishop of Europe. As the choir’s founding year draws to an end, the girls are in rehearsal for their first public concert for Christmas.
There is a real buzz of excitement amongst the girls. They are delighted to be involved in such an important and high profile event at the Cathedral. The girls have enjoyed rehearsing this fabulous music since September. It has been a thoroughly rewarding process; we’re really looking forward to performing such an exciting repertoire in public. The programme will have something for everybody, including John Rutter’s Dancing Day, which incorporates numerous traditional Christmas melodies. The concert will conclude with a selection of popular Christmas songs.
David Newsholme, Director of the Girls’ Choir and Assistant Organist
The Girls’ Choir will be accompanied by celebrated harpist, Camilla Pay, pianist David Rees-Williams, and organist William Wallace. There are currently 16 girls in the choir, all of whom are aged between 12 and 18. The majority attend local schools. The group rehearses in the Cathedral each Wednesday evening. Typically, the Girls’ Choir performs at Evensong in the Cathedral twice a month, frequently with the Lay Clerks of the Cathedral.
Voice trials for girls wishing to join the choir in January 2015 will be held on Saturday 29 November. This is an exciting opportunity for girls currently in Year 8 to join a group of talented and enthusiastic 12 – 18 year olds from Canterbury and the surrounding area, to sing some of the greatest choral music ever written in the magnificent, historic surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral. Any girl who is passionate about singing, particularly in choirs, is warmly invited to apply. The interviews will be short, friendly and informal. An application form can be downloaded here. For further information please telephone 01227 762862 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Press
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‘Cathedral’s first girls’ choir prepares for historic concert’ Canterbury Times (22/10/2014)
‘Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir rehearsing for Christmas first’ BBC News (29/11/2014)
‘First Canterbury Cathedral all-girl choir makes its Christmas concert debut’ The Telegraph (29/11/2014)
‘All-girls’ choir rehearse for first Christmas concert’ ITV News (29/11/2014)
‘Canterbury Cathedral girls’ choir prepare for historc concert’ Canterbury Times (29/11/2014)
‘All-girls’ choir rehearse for first Christmas concert’ ITV News (05/12/2014)
‘Girls Allowed’ Radio Times Page 30-32 (13-19 December 2014)