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20th Anniversary of the Abbey Girls' Choir

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, 19:00 - 20:30

The Bath Abbey Girls' Choir is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. This milestone is being marked with a celebratory concert on 23 September at Bath Abbey in recognition of all that the choir has achieved since its inception. The concert will feature music sung by the Abbey Girls' and Mens' choirs with music composed by women, texts by women and music especially composed to celebrate women throughout the ages.

Therefore, it is only fitting that as well as celebrating 20 years of the Abbey Girls' Choir, the concert will be drawing inspiration from the generations of women in the Christian faith. The Abbey Girls’ Choir will sing the hauntingly beautiful music of Hildegard of Bingen from the 11th Century and a special commission by well-known composer Judith Bingham ‘The Sleeping Soul’ with words by the 13th century female mystic St Mechthild of Magdeburg. There will be texts by women – notably from Mother Julian of Norwich and the Magnificat (the song of Mary). Other music includes Schubert Psalm 23, Brahms’ Ihr habt nun traurigkeit (written in memory of his mother), Grieg’s Ave Maris Stella, Bruckner’s Ave Maria and music by Mathias, Stanford, Britten and Mendelssohn.

Since the girls first sang in 1997, the Abbey Girls' Choir has flourished year on year, delighting congregations and audiences at services, concerts and through television and radio broadcasts and recordings. They have toured extensively, sung for the Archbishop of Canterbury and members of the Royal Family, and earlier this year performed Handel's Messiah to great acclaim with soprano solos performed by members of the choir.

Tickets for the concert are available from the Bath Box Office.