Welcome to Girton College, Cambridge
Girton College, Cambridge has become FCM’s newest Corporate Member.
Girton College Chapel Choir is an international-prize-winning choir of some 25 members, which has grown in prominence over the last ten years, due to its impressive musical standards, regular recordings, and ambitious, exciting touring schedule.
Recent foreign tours have included Israel & Palestine, Canada, Portugal, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, USA, Germany, Slovenia, France, Ireland, Switzerland and Spain.
Girton Choir also makes regular appearances at major churches and cathedrals throughout Britain; recent visits have included the cathedrals of Bristol, Ely, Lincoln, Canterbury, Exeter, Norwich and Lichfield, and Westminster Abbey. In 2018/19 the Choir sang services on trips to Salisbury Cathedral and St George’s Windsor.
The Choir records CDs on an annual basis, recently establishing themselves as practitioners of Renaissance polyphony accompanied by historic brass instruments; the most recent recording was made in summer 2018, and the Choir has recorded in places as far afield as Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Japan. The recording made by the choir in 2017, of Renaissance polyphony from Portugal, received a 5* review from Choir & Organ magazine. You can listen to the opening track here via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zW7BVJbMfr0
The Choir contributes significantly to College life, often singing at College occasions such as the Foundation Dinner and the College Feast, and will be major contributors to the College’ 150th anniversary celebrations in 2019-2020.
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, and engages in joint services with other College choirs throughout the year, most recently with the chapel choirs of Clare, Jesus, Selwyn, and St Catharine’s Colleges, as well as with St John’s Voices.
Girton choir’s third CD for Toccata Classics, made just after they came back from touring Israel & Palestine, features no fewer than NINE premiere recordings of music by Palestrina and Ingegneri. Accompanied by players of historical brass instruments from the Guildhall School and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, this was a very special recording project informed by the life-changing experience of visiting the Holy Land and witnessing what is going on there.
The CD will be released on Friday 15 March, but can be pre-ordered here:
Girton choir is directed by Gareth Wilson who, in addition to lecturing at the Music Faculty in Cambridge, is an academic professor at the Royal College of Music, Director of Music at Christ Church, Chelsea, and is an examiner for the Royal College of Organists. His liturgical compositions have been performed by the BBC Singers, the choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, and by the choir of the Chapel Royal at the recent baptism of Prince Louis. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.