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Copenhagen Girls' Choir

 Copenhagen Girls' Choir

Female Choral Chorus from Denmark.

The Copenhagen Girls' Choir rates among the best of its kind in Denmark and has its home at the Sankt Annae Gymnasium, the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School. The Choir has a broad repertoire with special focus on new music and popular music. Many composers of stature have felt persuaded to write for the choir, among them Knut Nystedt, Ib Norholm, Svend S. Schultz, Thomas Clausen, Leif Kayser and Michael Bojesen. This music is often taken up by other girls' choirs. The choir also performs older music by composers such as Gabriel Faure and Johs. Brahms.

The Copenhagen Girls' Choir is characterized by its homogenous sound, partly resulting from the fact that the girls are of the same age, partly a result of the careful voice-training that all the pupils of the Sankt Annae Gymnasium go through.

The Copenhagen Girls' Choir consists of all the girls from grade 6 through 9 at the Sankt Annae Gymnasium, nearly 130 girls altogether. Depending on the task at hand, the choir usually performs with somewhere between 30 and 60 voices.

The Copenhagen Girls' Choir has now existed for 35 years. The choir was founded in 1973 when girls were admitted to the school. Birthe Hojby Nielsen and Benthe Ettrup, along with Erling Pedersen and Michael Bojesen, laid the ground work for the choir, and soon the girls were very active performing at concerts, both sacred and vernacular, and making appearances on radio and TV. In 1979 the choir made its first international concert tour.

The choir tours frequently. Besides its concert activities in Denmark, it has toured the Scandinavian countries and most other European countries in addition to Israel, USA, Canada, Greenland and South Africa. One of the purposes of the toursis to spread the knowledge of the Danish choral tradition.

Helligaandskirken (The church of the Holy Spirit) In 1980 the choir struck an agreement with Helligaandskirken, one of the main churches of Copenhagen, by which the choir would sing at the High Mass and frequently hold concerts at the church, including an annual Christmas concert. The agreement continues to this day and in 2005 the church and the choir celebrated the 25th anniversary of the cooperation with an festive mass.

The Copenhagen Girls' Choir has adapted a beautiful Swedish custom: the Lucia procession, which commemorates the saint by that name. The girls do the Lucia procession at residential homes for elderly people, at businesses, at churches and at the City Hall.


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Copenhagen Girls' Choir : Make A Joyful Noise : 1 CD :  : 8218

Copenhagen Girls' Choir : Make A Joyful Noise

Review: Highly regarded throughout Europe this top-notch girls choir has beed delighting audiences and critics for several decades and thsi recording shows why they have garnered such acclaim.

Songlist: This Is The Day Which The Lord Hath Made, Tell Ye The Daughter Of Sion, Ave Maria, Make A Joyful Noise, O Queen Of Heaven Rejoice, Blessed are They That Heareth, Singing Unto The Lord, The Sermon On The Mount, Owe No Man Anything, I Have Heard Thee, Sing O ye Heavens, My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord, Hodie Christus Natus Est, Now Thank Ye All Our God, O Clap Your Hands All Ye People, I Am The Bread Of Life, We Will Walk In The Name Of The Lord

8305c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella Girls Choirs CDs

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