The choirs of five local cathedrals will come together this month to perform at the Yorkshire Girls’ Choirs’ Festival at Bradford Cathedral in an event packed with music including pieces by Matthew Martin and Edward Elgar.
Members of the Choirs from Ripon, Sheffield, Wakefield and York will join the girls of the Bradford Cathedral choir for the annual event which takes place in a different Cathedral in the five cities each year.
The Choirs will perform a very special Choral Evensong, which is a short and reflective service of Bible readings and canticles (hymns).
The Evensong will be conducted by Alex Berry, the Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral. “This is a brilliant opportunity and collaboration. We’re going to be singing a piece by Edward Elgar called Give unto the Lord, which was written for the 1914 Sons of the Clergy Festival, held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
“It’s very important for our choristers to see other girls of their own age doing exactly the same thing, and enjoying their singing.”
The choirs have been busy rehearsing for several months and are looking forward to the festival as a chance to showcase the power and energy of a combined choir, and the Choral Evensong promises to be one of the many highlights of the Cathedral’s Centenary year, at which the Choir, in all its forms, has been a central part.
The Yorkshire Girls’ Choirs Festival Choral Evensong will take place at Bradford Cathedral on Saturday 9th March from 5pm. All are welcome to attend, and attendance is free.