St Catharine’s College Choir
St Catharine’s College lies at the historic centre of Cambridge and at the heart of the University’s distinguished musical tradition. Founded in 1473, there has been a choir associated with the college for over a hundred years. The mixed student choir currently consists of around 24 undergraduate and graduate members, augmented by former choristers from the Girls’ Choir; and sings regular services in the college’s eighteenth century chapel.
In recent years the choir has toured as far afield as Japan, the United States and China, and makes frequent visits to the continent. This is the first in a projected three-disc sequence of recordings for the Resonus label, featuring the best in contemporary British choral music. The choir is directed by Dr Edward Wickham with the assistance of two organ scholars.
The St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir
The St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir – the only college-based girls’ choir in the UK – was founded in 2008. The choir sings weekly in the College Chapel, as well as giving regular concerts and its repertoire extends from the early Middle Ages to the twenty-First century, with several works written specially for it. The choir is made up of 20 girls, aged between eight and fifteen, drawn from local schools; and for this recording is augmented by former choristers.
The choir has performed in some of the UK’s leading venues including London’s St John’s, Smith Square, and St David’s Hall, Cardiff. It has performed live on Radio 3’s The Choir and toured to Poland and Hungary. Their second recording for Resonus will be devoted to contemporary music for upper voices.
'They do so with artless dexterity and find the expressive nub in a wide range of styles from Tansy Davies to Giles Swayne and from Roxanna Panufnik to Sally Beamish, unified by a thread of tenderness and warmth that runs through the whole disc.'
'St Catharine’s […] acquit themselves well in some tricky music in the lustrous wood surroundings of the college’s little chapel’