On Saturday 24 January, the Girls’ Choirs of Canterbury and Rochester Cathedral joined together to sing Evensong.
The recent service was attended by a substantial congregation and featured music first performed by the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ choir at that momentous occasion a year ago, including The Call by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C minor by George Dyson.
The Girls’ Choir continues to flourish and expand: Saturday’s service was the first for six new members of the group, Imogen Bourner, Jemima Brett, Annabelle Fairchild, Sophie Hartop, Poppy Mansfield Jones and Isabelle Mathuru, taking the total number to 22.
The girls practise once a week under the direction of David Newsholme, Director of the Cathedral Girls’ Choir and Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral.
2015 will be an exciting year for the Girls’ Choir: in addition to singing services at the cathedral, the girls will travel to Oxford to sing at Merton College in February, while in the summer they will make their first commercial recording, for which they will join with the Lay Clerks (adult men) of the Cathedral Choir.
Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir is generously supported by The Peter Cundill Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2012, following the death of its founder, Peter Cundill (1938-2011).