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St Catharine's College Girls' Choir

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 it's repertoire extends from the early Middle Ages to the 21st century, with several works written specially for it.   



In July we will be auditioning girls currently in Years 3 and 4 for entry this coming September.  Please contact if you are interested.

In its first five years of existence, the choir has performed at St John’s, Smith Square and St Paul’s Cathedral, has participated in Bach’s St Matthew Passion in King’s College Chapel and contributed to the latest St Catharine’s CD recording, The Thread of my Song. In July, the choir made its first foreign trip, to Warsaw; and the coming year sees a trip to Hungary, as well as performances in St David's Hall, Cardiff, and the Cathedrals of Gloucester, Ely and Lichfield.

The choir has premiered works by Nigel Hess, Jonathan Green and Christopher Fox, and are regularly 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 neither 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.

To find out what music will be offered at services in the Chapel this term, please click here.

For further information

For information about auditioning for the choir, please contact

Dr Edward Wickham;; 01223 337746

Last modified 25th March 2014