Canterbury Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir, formed in 2014. sings at Evensong in the Cathedral twice every month, frequently with the lay clerks. The majority of the girls attend local schools in Canterbury and they rehearse each Wednesday evening. Their first performance at Evensong, on the occasion of the feast of the Conversion of St Paul, in January, was attended by more than 600 people and widely covered by the international press. A selection of the media response can be viewed here.
The Girls’ Choir has already performed at events of significance in the Cathedral. These include the service held to mark the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests and the consecration service of the Bishop of Europe. More recently they sang at a service of dedication and unveiling of two royal statues, attended by HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, and the consecration service for the first female diocesan bishop. Typically, the Girls’ Choir performs at Evensong in the Cathedral twice every month, frequently with the lay clerks of the Cathedral Choir. There are currently 24 girls in the choir, all of whom are aged between 12 and 18. The majority attend local schools in Canterbury, though some come from further afield. The group rehearses in the Cathedral each Wednesday evening. In addition to their regular liturgical responsibilities, the Girls’ Choir will occasionally participate in other events both at the Cathedral and further afield.
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). During his remarkable life, Peter had many interests and was both an academic and an athlete. He was also one of the most successful investment managers of his generation and a philanthropist. He was passionate about supporting the young and often helped those with aspirations to better themselves and fulfil their potential in the fields of education and sport. The Foundation’s gift to Canterbury Cathedral for music and education was made in his memory, recognising Peter’s enthusiasm for choral music, history and supporting young people.
Voice trials for girls wishing to join the choir take place annually, normally in November. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.