On 12 December 2018, The St Catharine’s College Girls’ Choir – the UK’s first college-based Girls’ Choir – presents a visual and audio spectacular with Luminaria: A Ceremony of Light sponsored by law firm Ashtons Legal.

The free, ticketed event is to be held in the Main Court of St Catharine’s College, which will be spectacularly lit for the occasion. The Ceremony of Light will feature music from the Girls’ Choir together with mulled wine, mince pies and congregational carols with a traditional brass ensemble. The event, which is now in its second year, is set to become a musical highlight of the festive season.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, St Catharine’s was the first Oxbridge children’s choir for girls, giving the long-established choirs from the likes of neighbouring King’s College, Cambridge (est. 1441) and New College, Oxford (est. late 14th century) some healthy competition. St Catharine’s is proud to boast Agatha Pethers – winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year – as a former head chorister.

The Choir’s 10th anniversary has also seen the release of their second solo album for Resonus Classics. Entitled Sing Levy Dew, the CD features a varied programme of secular works from British composers including Benjamin Britten, Richard Rodney Bennett and a world premiere by Sally Beamish.

Dr Edward Wickham, Fellow and Director of Music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, said: ‘It is a remarkable achievement to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Girls’ Choir and the Luminaria is a wonderfully fitting way to end this eventful year. We are extremely grateful for the support of Ashtons Legal through their sponsorship, which has enabled us to open-up the event on a much larger scale. It’s such a special occasion and promises to start the Christmas season in real style.’

Tickets for Luminaria: A Ceremony of Carols will be available from 16 October 2018.

At this year’s event, donations will be raised for Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, and its work in rural communities throughout Africa.

About The St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir, Cambridge

- St Catharine’s College was founded in 1473 and is named after the scholar-saint; thus an appropriate home for the Girls’ choir.

- The Girls’ choir was formed in 2008, and was the first and, until recently, the only college-based Girls’ choir in the UK

- The choir is currently made up of 30 girls, aged between eight and fifteen (years four to ten), drawn from local schools.

- The Girls’ choir patrons are all distinguished women with an interest in music: Dame Mary Archer, Dame Sarah Connolly, Baroness Fairhead (former chair of the BBC Trust), Sophie Kinsella (novelist), Prof. Dame Jean Thomas (former Master of St Catharine’s)


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