St Albans Abbey Girls Choir celebrates 20th Anniversary
On Saturday 25th June, St Albans Abbey Girls Choir celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a special service in St Albans Cathedral. The service will be sung by the present choristers along with the men of St Albans Cathedral Choir. Former choristers have been invited back to the Cathedral to sing in the magnificent eight-part Ave Maria by Gustav Holst, which will form a glorious conclusion to the service.
At the beginning of the service the current choristers will give the first performance of Holy Innocents, a work specially-composed by Judith Weir to mark the occasion. The work has been generously sponsored by the Cathedral’s Ex-Choristers’ Association. Judith Weir is one of the country’s most highly-regarded composers, and holds the post of Master of the Queen’s Music. One of Weir’s recent choral works was premiered at the Service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Tom Winpenny, Director of the Abbey Girls Choir, said: ‘We are very pleased to be celebrating this significant milestone in the life of the Abbey Girls Choir. Over 100 girls have progressed through the choir since its formation in 1996, and I am delighted that many of them will be returning for this celebratory service, along with my predecessors Simon Johnson and Andrew Parnell. We are particularly honoured to be welcoming Judith Weir, who has composed a beautiful new anthem for us, which I am sure will take pride of place in our repertoire.’