Girton College Chapel Choir is an international-prize-winning choir of 28 members, which has grown in prominence over the last ten years.
Girton College Chapel Choir is an international-prize-winning choir of some 28 members, which has grown in prominence over the last ten years, due to its impressive musical standards, regular recordings, and ambitious, exciting touring schedule. One of the main attractions to students is the combination of low time commitment and high musical standards. During Full Term, the Choir's principal function is to sing the liturgy in Girton's Chapel. This includes Choral Evensong every Sunday, and Compline (a beautiful, meditative evening service) on alternate Tuesdays. For this, the Choir rehearses just twice a week. Recent foreign tours have included Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, USA, Germany, Slovenia, France, Ireland, Switzerland and Spain. Girton Choir also offers a welcome opportunity to escape the stresses of Cambridge term through its visits to major churches throughout Britain; recent visits have included the cathedrals of Lincoln, Canterbury, Exeter, Norwich and Lichfield, and Westminster Abbey. This year the Choir will sing services on trips to York Minster and Salisbury Cathedral. The Choir has recorded several CDs, often recording whilst on tour; the most recent recording was made on tour in the USA in summer 2010, and the Choir has recorded in places as far afield as Hong Kong, Switzerland and Japan. The Choir contributes significantly to College life, often singing at College occasions such as the Foundation Dinner and the College Feast; dining at these functions is another of the perks for the Choir. The Choir also benefits from collaborations with musicians from professional ensembles such as the London Mozart Players, Xacona, members of the Gabrieli Consort and the Cambridge University Collegium Musicum; the Choir also collaborates regularly with eminent guest directors such as Christopher Robinson, Sir David Willcocks, Judith Clurman, Tim Brown and David Lowe. There are plans this year for the Choir to work with members of the Sixteen, Magnificat and I Fagiolini, as well as enjoying ongoing collaborations with, and invaluable support from, the College's Musicians in Residence.
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