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OGC newsletter 2003 [newsletter 2004]

old members news

Several recent old girls are at Cambridge: Louisa Nye is at St John's and Isobel Piper is at Clare. Caz Henshaw sings in Emmanuel choir, Miranda Jewess and Clare McQuitty both sing at Corpus Christi. Charlotte Roberts has a Choral Scholarship at Caius and Georgia Black is now in her second year as a Choral Scholar at Clare.

Cathy Young is studying singing at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Vickie Couper is spending a year in Florianópolis, Brazil, teaching English, studying Portuguese and running her own choir, which is part of the Oficina da Vida project.

Election of officers 2003-4

At the Annual General Meeting held on 28 June 2003 the following were elected:

Chairman - Peter Kent
Secretary - Juli Warder
Treasurer - Catherine Dilnot
Publicity officer - Louise Gullifer

click here for AGM minutes 2003

News from Alex L'Estrange:

"I'm happily married to Joanna Forbes (soprano and Musical Director of the Swingle Singers); career as composer/ arranger, jazz double-bassist, countertenor and teacher"

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Choral Evensong at New College

The choir was invited by Dr Edward Higginbottom, director of New College Choir, to sing evensong on Saturday 1st March. This was a welcome opportunity for our girls to participate in a tradition historically dominated by boys, and a useful experience for those girls hoping to become choral scholars at Cambridge and Oxford. They rose wonderfully to the occasion and were supported by a large congregation.

Singing choral evensong introduces choir members to a particular discipline, and to a unique corpus of choral music, including in particular the demands of psalm singing and the often exposed and fragmented singing of the versicles and reponses. The anthem - recently recorded by senior girls - was Arvo Pärt's new setting of J. H. Newman, the Littlemore Tractus. This challenged both choir and congregation alike by its sustained and contemplatative exposition of the text, which required mature vocal control. It was a moving and memorable service, showing us that girls have a valid contribution to make in keeping alive this quintessentially English musical tradition.

Nancy-Jane Rucker
8 March 2003

newsletter 2002

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