Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir

Vocal Ensemble

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Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir

Vocal Ensemble

There's an X factor of sheer fun here that has accounted for the group's success, and you should sample it for yourself.

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Canterbury Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir

“The sound created under the choir’s director David Newsholme is bright and smoothly blended, with excellent articulation and dynamic detail” – BBC Music Magazine

The formation of the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir in 2014 was covered widely by the international media, and featured in a BBC documentary about the Cathedral. The choir has quickly become a leading light in the British choral music landscape, performing both in services and concerts in the Cathedral as well as in concerts and recordings. Under the Artistic Direction of David Newsholme, the girls sing a wide-ranging repertoire of pieces from sacred to secular, serious to fun, often presenting their concerts using the full space and atmosphere of the church or concert hall.

Since its foundation, the choir has performed at numerous events of significance, including the service held to mark the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women priests, and the consecration service of the Bishop of Europe. More recently they sang at a service of dedication and unveiling of two royal statues, attended by HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, and the consecration service for the first female diocesan bishop.

The choir regularly collaborates with world-class ensembles, recently including Fretwork, VOCES8, The English Concert, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, and The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen. They made their London concert debut in 2018.

The choir has recorded for Decca Records, Signum Classics and BBC Music Magazine; it has featured as artist of the week on Classic FM and Apple Music, and has performed live on BBC and ITV television.

David Newsholme

David Newsholme is founding Director of the Girls’ Choir and Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. His formative musical experiences were as a chorister at Worcester Cathedral. He read Music at the University of Oxford, where he was Organ Scholar at New College. Postgraduate study at the University of York culminated in the award of a PhD.

David frequently appears as a keyboard soloist, and has played at venues throughout Europe and the USA; his recordings are available on the Opus Arte and Regent Records labels. He is also in demand as a freelance accompanist and ensemble player.

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The sound created under the choir’s director David Newsholme is bright and smoothly blended, with excellent articulation and dynamic detail.

BBC Music Magazine

Full marks to Newsholme for his imaginative programming.

Gramophone Magazine

A New Tradition: girls in the choir

Classical Music (click to see article)

The first Evensong in 2014

BBC web report (click to view)

Selected Discography —

Great Cathedral Anthems

★★★★ A highly enjoyable, well recorded CD that flows well and contains some wonderful singing… Go ahead and buy it!


Christmas With Canterbury Cathedral Girls' Choir

★★★★ Most of the pieces are familiar…but the thoughtful orchestral arrangements add interest, just occasionally turning a little glitzy. The performances have a heartfelt sincerity.

BBC Music Magazine

Henry Purcell - Sacred Music


...a two-fold celebration: the rich musical legacy of Purcell’s sacred music; and the establishing of the Girls’ Choir at Canterbury Cathedral.

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