The St Catharine's Girls' Choir - the only college-based girls' choir in the UK - was founded in 2008. The choir sings weekly in the College Chapel, as well as giving regular concerts and its repertoire extends from the early Middle Ages to the 21st century, with several works written specially for it.
In its first six years of existence, the choir has given performances in such distinguished venues as St Paul's Cathedral, St David's Hall, Cardiff and St John's, Smith Square; and sung services in the Cathedrals of Ely, Lichfield and Gloucester. The choir has toured to Poland and Hungary, and are regularly asked to participate in major choral/orchestral works such as Bach's St Matthew Passion, Mahler's Third Symphony and Holst's The Planets. Recently the girls appeared live on Radio 3's The Choir with opera star Sarah Connolly as part of the celebrations marking Internation Womens' Day.
The choir's repertoire extends from the very earliest Christian music to contemporary works, and includes a number of pieces written specially for it, by the likes of Nigel Hess, Christopher Fox and Jeremy Thurlow. The choir is often involved in workshop activities with other children and with artists of different traditions – most recently the Egyptian singer Merit Ariane Stephanos.
The ethos of the choir differs from many other choirs of its type. St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir is not a school choir; nor is it limited to traditional Church repertoire. We are always looking at ways to expand the musical experience and vision of choir members, and this is reflected in the diversity of the choir’s activities.
The choir is currently made up of 24 girls, aged between eight and fifteen (years four to ten), drawn from local schools. The choir meets twice a week - on Monday and Tuesday afternoons after school - and sings a service in chapel every Tuesday, as well as participating in special concerts. The girls' choir is semi-independent of the existing student choir, at times singing with them, and on other occasions on their own. Members of the choir also receive regular tuition in music theory and reading and in vocal technique.
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Last modified 17th March 2015