Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are to attend a Gala Concert celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Salisbury Cathedral's girls choir - and you could be there!
The concert, which will be led by the current Cathedral girls choir and adult singers, supported by former girl choristers, takes place in Salisbury Cathedral at 7pm on Saturday 9 October.
In a wide-ranging programme designed by the Chairman of the Salisbury Cathedral Girl Chorister’s Foundation, Lady Chichester, the concert features music by Purcell, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Britten, Vivaldi and Stanford, with solos sung by award winning former choristers.
A highlight of the evening is a new work by the renowned composer Roxanna Panufnik, which has been commissioned specially for the occasion.
The Gala concert takes place three decades (almost to the day) after the girls choir sang their first Evensong on October 7 1991, an extraordinary moment not just in the history of the Cathedral but in cathedral music. At the time there were some girls singing in other cathedrals, but Salisbury was the first English Cathedral to admit girls on parity with the boys and to establish an independent foundation to support girl singers.
The youngest of that first intake of girl choristers, Amy Carson, returns to perform a solo, Pamina’s aria Ach, ich fühl’s from The Magic Flute by Mozart.
Another award-winning soloist, Camilla Harris, also a former chorister and recent graduate of Royal Academy Opera, sings Let the Bright Seraphim, the aria from Handel’s oratorio Samson, in which the soloist summons the celestial hosts of seraphim and cherubim to hail the dead hero.
Tickets for the evening can be bought through the Salisbury Cathedral website.