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Abbey Girls Choir

St Albans Abbey Girls Choir was formed in 1996 and consists of up to 26 girls between the ages of 8 and 14.

The choir sings Evensong twice a week, and the girls are drawn from many local schools. The girls rehearse three times each week, before or after school. For certain weekend services and other events, the girls sing with the Lay Clerks, the men of the Cathedral Choir. The choir is regarded as one of the finest ensembles of its type in the UK, and has made a number of CD recordings including releases on the Naxos label of music by Felix Mendelssohn and William Mathias. The choir has also joined with St Albans Cathedral Choir for two recordings of music by John Rutter. In recent years the choir has made tours to the Sweden, Paris and the USA and has given the first performances of works by Judith Weir, Carl Rütti, Alec Roth and Cecilia McDowall. The choir has performed in John Rutter’s Christmas Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham and made live broadcasts of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3. In addition, the choir has sung services at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and Westminster Cathedral has featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise.

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