“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
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.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the next round of auditions – which was to be held in June 2020 – has been postponed indefinitely. A new date will be advertised as soon as there is greater clarity about the situation. These auditions will be open to all girls who will be starting School Years 8 and 9 in September 2021.
For information about joining the choir, please contact Acting Director of Music David Newsholme.
Above image: Ray Burmiston.