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'Ave Maria': Bingham God Be in My Head

Magazine article Gramophone

'Ave Maria': Bingham God Be in My Head

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'Ave Maria'

Bingham God be in my head. Les Saintes Maries de la mer Burrell Magnificat & Nunc dimittis R Clarke Ave Maria Leighton Missa Cornelia, Op 81 J Marsh Evening Canticles, 'St Paul's Service' McDowall Ave Maria Tavener Missa brevis Wishart Three Carols The St Catharine's Girls' Choir, Cambridge / Edward Wickham Resonus (F) RES10170 (66' * DDD * T/t)

The Anglican church is responsible for generating a unique repertoire of music for upper voices music that is celebrated in this first standalone release by The St Catharine's Girls' Choir, Cambridge. That it is very much an ongoing tradition is evident from even the briefest glance at the track-listing: five living composers (all of them female, interestingly) sit alongside Rebecca Clarke, John Tavener and Kenneth Leighton for this attractive collection of contemporary choral works.

The St Catharine's Girls' Choir are the UK's only college-based girls' choir and, unlike comparable groups such as the Wells Cathedral Choralia (aged between 14 and 18), take their membership from an age group more equivalent to male choristers. Twenty girls between 8 and 15 sing weekly services under college music director Edward Wickham, and here demonstrate both their skills and their limitations. …

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