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I have enjoyed the opportunity to do something which contributes so richly to College life, and to have another group of friends from a mixture of years and subjects. I have also enjoyed touring as a group and the good fortune of singing in amazing places.
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(current choral Scholar)

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A choral ensemble of great discipline…excellent phrasing, with full, richly effective fortes and delicate and well balanced pianos… There were many peaks of very beautiful musical-making here.

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concert review - Diario de Noticias, Spain, July 2012

CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr Martin Ennis

Director of Music

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t. 01223 338946

 

Andrew Kennedy

Acting Director of Chapel Music and Assistant Director of College Music

Musician in Resdience

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Choir

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.

For details of Choral and Organ Awards at Girton and for information about various aspects of the Choir's history and activities, please click on the links in the side bar.


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Girton deserves far greater recognition for being a really fantastic musical centre with some of the best musical staff in the university and a magical setting... It has many advantages over other colleges: a four-manual organ, a fantastic choir, no fewer than six senior musical staff, and connections with professional musical ensembles.

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(current choral Scholar)