SOUTHWELL Minster Girls’ Choir released their debut CD, Christus Rex, this week and will sing extracts from it during special performances on Friday in the Cathedral, before the Southwell Lecture with visiting MP Frank Field.
The Girls’ choir, which was formed in 2005, has been developing its profile over the last six years, to complement the choir of boys and men that has sung services at the Minster for nearly a thousand years.
The Girls’ Choir consists of up to 18 girls aged from 12-18 who sing at one main service per week.
In addition to this they take on extra responsibilities throughout the year, including singing with the other Cathedral Choirs at various concerts and special services.
In the Autumn of 2009, they made their first overseas tour, joining with the Girls’ Choir of Stavanger Cathedral, Norway.
Assistant Director of Music at the Minster, Philip White-Jones, who conducts and trains the choir, said: “This year the girls made their first recording which is an exciting step for them, giving them a chance to showcase their talents and make their performances more accessible. The CD takes the listener on a journey from Lent through Easter to Ascension, celebrating the risen Christ the King or Christus Rex, so wonderfully represented at Southwell by Peter Ball’s famous sculpture (see CD cover attached). Beginning with the Lent Prose, it moves through some of the solemn music for Lent to the more joyful repertoire of Easter, including Guy Turner’s Missa Brevis, commissioned for the choir in 2010. The disc concludes with Kenneth Leighton’s remarkable Easter Sequence for upper voices, organ and trumpet.”
Copies will be available at the launch concert this Friday, in the Minster as part of the Southwell Lecture at the special price of £10. Thereafter it will be available in the Minster Shop for £12.