In recent years the Benenden Chapel Choir, made up of more than 30 girls aged 13 to 18, has collaborated with some highly regarded figures in the music industry to release two CDs - 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, who trained at the Royal Academy of Music, cellist Rebecca McNaught and percussionist Kizzy Brooks.
The album was recorded over four days in March in two locations - Tonbridge School’s Chapel and St Dunstan’s Church in Cranbrook – to suit the styles of the different pieces.
The recording, released through Regent Records, is available to buy on CD from classical music retailers and is widely available online.
Benenden Chapel Choir collaborated with renowned violinist Jennifer Pike to release its first ever commercial CD in 2016.
The choir joined a select group of school choirs to have been professionally recorded for commercial release.
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 School.
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.
The Choir gave their UK première performance of Stabat Mater at a concert at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London.