“The sound created under the choir’s director David Newsholme is bright and smoothly blended, with excellent articulation and dynamic detail”
– BBC Music Magazine
About the Choir
The formation of Canterbury Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir in 2014 was covered widely by the international media and featured in a BBC documentary about the Cathedral.
Since then the choir has performed at numerous events of significance, including 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.
The Girls’ Choir regularly collaborates with world-class ensembles, recently including His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, Fretwork, The English Concert, The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen, and VOCES8. The choir has recorded for Decca Records, Signum Classics and BBC Music Magazine; it has featured as artists of the week on Classic FM and Apple Music, and has performed live on BBC and ITV television.
Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir has been generously supported by The Peter Cundill Foundation.
Join the Choir
We have an exciting opportunity for girls who will start Year 9 in September 2021 to join the choir in September 2021, and for girls who will start Year 8 in September 2021 to join the choir in January 2022.
The Girls’ Choir consists of 25 girls aged between 12 and 18, from a variety of local schools. Rehearsals take place on Monday and Wednesday (19:00-20:30); girls receive weekly music theory tuition (Monday 18:00-19:00). The choristers sing at one service each weekend with the men of the Cathedral Choir, and perform at special occasions including Easter Day and Christmas Day. They maintain an active concert and recording profile.
Auditions will take place on Saturday 19 June 2021 for September 2021 starters and Saturday 26 June 2021 for January 2022 starters. Apply here.
The deadline for all applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 9 June.
For information about joining the choir, please contact Acting Director of Music David Newsholme.
Above image: Ray Burmiston.