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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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Mr Gareth Wilson

Director of Chapel Music and Assistant Director of College Music

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Tours and Concerts

USA and Canada Tour 2013

 

Girton Choir has one of the most ambitious international touring schedules of all the Cambridge choirs. Recent destinations have included Japan (twice), Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland (where the Choir has now been five times). Girton Choir tours always allow time for sightseeing and cultural visits as well as singing; in Australia, for example, the Choir sang on the set of Neighbours, and on the Choir's most recent tour to northern Spain and the Basque Country, we managed to visit Gernika and its Picasso mural and narrowly avoid the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona.

The Choir often visits major cathedrals during term time, offering a welcome change of scene during a busy term, and the chance to sing services in some of the country's greatest buildings. The College contributes generously to the Choir's activities; domestic tours cost the members nothing, and international tours are heavily subsidised.

As well as the Choir's concerts on tour, concerts in College afford the Choir the opportunity to sing ambitious, non-liturgical repertoire, often with orchestral accompaniment. Recent performances have included various Bach cantatas, verse anthems by Purcell and John Blow, Brahms' A German Requiem, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Mozart's Requiem and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms.

Recent highlights in the Choir's history include:

* an extended tour of the USA in 2009, where engagements included St Thomas', Fifth Avenue and the National Cathedral in Washington DC. The Choir also recorded a critically acclaimed CD, 'The Feast Celestial', whilst in Maine.

* third prize (out of a field of ninety choirs from around the globe) in the Spittal International Choir Competition in Austria in 2007.

* a performance in 2006 at the closing ceremony of the National University of Singapore's centenary celebrations: the guest of honour was Mrs Lee Kwan Yew, wife of the founder of the state of Singapore.

* a tour of Thailand, Malaysia and Sarawak in 2001; among their engagements was a concert for the United Nations, specially approved by then Secretary General, Kofi Annan.

* an invitation in 1999 to Japan to take part in the Kumamoto International Youth Festival and the Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest. In the former the choir shared the stage with such celebrated groups as the Netherlands Youth Orchestra; in the latter the choir won three prizes, including the Gold Medal in the mixed chorus division and the Grossmann Prize, awarded to the ensemble deemed to produce the best choral sound.

* a visit to Italy in 1996, where the Choir was guest of the British Ambassador to the Vatican, sang at a Mass in St Peter's, and performed to a live audience of 10.000, including Pope John Paul II.