In recent years the Benenden Chapel Choir has collaborated with some highly regarded figures in the music industry to release two professional recordings - Make We Merry and Stabat Mater.
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Make We Merry
This recording, released in December 2019, features the choir performing original Christmas carols by three of the most highly-regarded contemporary choral composers, David Bednall, Bob Chilcott and Sarah Quartel. The recording also features some of the foremost young instrumentalists on the UK scene - London Metropolitan Brass, cellist Rebecca McNaught and percussionist Kizzy Brooks.
"An excellent CD… Benenden Chapel Choir performs impeccably; delightful and charming, but also expressible powerful when required. Top marks!" Organists Review
"Nominated as one of 2019 Best New Christmas Classical Releases." Classical Music Magazine
Benenden Chapel Choir collaborated with renowned violinist Jennifer Pike to release its first ever commercial CD in 2016.
The girls performed an 80-minute long interpretation of Stabat Mater – a 13th century text which portrays Mary’s suffering following Christ’s crucifixion. The piece was composed by David Bednall, one of the leading choral composers of his generation.
You can order the CD, at a cost of £10, by emailing the Music Office.
Jennifer Pike, who shot to fame in 2002 when she was named the BBC Young Musician of the Year, performs the solo violin part on the CD.
"Congratulations to Benenden Chapel Choir for producing such a polished, vibrant and unforced tonal blend. An authoritative account…Strongly recommended." Gramophone (Editor’s Choice - Awards Edition)
"The Benenden Chapel Choir is perfect, their pitch and blending first rate. If you enjoy contemporary choral music, you owe it to yourself to hear this." American Record Guide