On Mothering Sunday (6 March 2016), the Girls’ Choir of Canterbury Cathedral released their debut recording.
The launch of the CD – Henry Purcell: Sacred Music, was held in the Cathedral Chapter House following the Sung Eucharist service at 11am. At the launch the girls sung two anthems included on the recording.
Twenty two girls are singing with the Lay Clerks on the CD directed by Cathedral Assistant Organist David Newsholme with Matthew Wadsworth playing a theorbo (stringed instrument from the lute family) and organists Adrian Bawtree and William Wallace.
David explained: “By singing a programme of music by Henry Purcell, the girls not only have the opportunity to cut their teeth on some of the most brilliant music ever composed for voices, they can also take ownership, in a very real way, of their own heritage.”
The Girls’ Choir of Canterbury Cathedral was founded in 2014 and its members, aged between 12 and 18, were admitted to the Cathedral Foundation in early 2016. Since the launch, which received international media coverage, the choir has sung on such notable occasions as the service held to mark the twentieth anniversary of the ordination of women priests and at a service of dedication and unveiling of two royal statues, attended by HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
The CD, which has been made possible through the generous support of the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral and the Peter Cundill Foundation, will be available to purchase at the launch, and from the Cathedral shop and website from 6 March 2016.
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‘Canterbury Cathedral Girls choir release debut CD’– (ITV News) 24/02/2016
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