Girls who joined the Girls’ Choir at Canterbury Cathedral at its founding five years ago will give their final public performance at the Choir’s annual Summer Concert in the Crypt of the Cathedral on Saturday 13 July.
The generous support of the Peter Cundill Foundation allowed the Cathedral to establish the Girls’ Choir in 2014.
Choir Director David Newsholme said, “The Summer Concert will undoubtedly be an emotional occasion – and a chance for the girls to reflect on their extraordinary time with the Choir.
“The girls have had experiences and a musical education that will last throughout their lives.”
Four of the choir of 25 girls will be leaving. The choristers’ experiences include:
- Singing for HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at a service of dedication and the unveiling of two Royal statues
- Recording with Decca Records
- Featuring as artists of the week on Classic FM and Apple Music; and
- Performing live on BBC Television
The concert programme will feature a vibrant mix of sacred and secular music. Tickets priced £11.25, including booking fee, are available via Summer Concert, Canterbury Cathedral, 19:30 – 21:30 on Saturday 13 July.
Leaver Abby Cox, 18, said, “My time in the choir has been absolutely amazing. Being one of the first girls to sing in Canterbury Cathedral for over 1,000 years has been such a privilege and pleasure – paving the way for greater equality.
“From singing music at such a high standard and at concerts with internationally acclaimed musicians to recording multiple CDs, meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury and singing for the Queen, the experiences I have had in the choir have been phenomenal.
“Not only have I improved so much as a singer over the past five years but it has also been great fun.
“Through being in the Choir I have developed a love for choral music, which will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
Holly Smith, 19, added, “My time with the choir has been an absolute honour. It has given me opportunities that I will always value. Thank you to David and the girls for a simply wonderful five years.”
Members of the Girls’ Choir come from schools across south east Kent –
- The Canterbury Academy Trust
- Highworth Grammar School, Ashford
- Kent College, Canterbury
- Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham
- Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury
- Simon Langton Grammar School for Girls, Canterbury
- St Edmund’s School, Canterbury
- St Lawrence College, Ramsgate
- St Anselm’s Catholic School, Canterbury
- The Folkestone School for Girls
- The King’s School, Canterbury