Benenden schoolgirls will be aiming high in the Christmas charts when their first festive CD goes on sale in November.
The Benenden Chapel Choir, comprising 36 pupils from Benenden School, will see their album, Make We Merry, hit the shelves on Friday 29 November.
The recording 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.
Poppy Worlidge, 17, a member of the choir who performs on the recording, said: “The opportunity to capture the magic of our choir in a medium that will outlast our Benenden careers is very special and such an honour.”
The choir's first commercial CD, of David Bednall’s Stabat Mater in 2016, earned critical acclaim, including an Editor’s Choice award from Gramophone, coverage on BBC Radio 3 and a five-star review from Choir and Organ magazine.
Make We Merry 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, will be available to buy on CD from classical music retailers and will be widely available online. You can pre-order your copy here