Saint Michael and All Angels is excited to welcome the Girls’ Choir of Washington National Cathedral for our next Saint Michael Presents concert on Friday, June 15! Their program will feature some of the finest major sacred choral works for treble voices, including the evocative Missa Brevis of Benjamin Britten, the stirring Litanies à la Vierge Noir by Francis Poulenc, and the remarkable 8-part Ave Maria by Gustav Holst.
The Washington National Girls Cathedral Choir, founded in 1997 is currently among few cathedral choirs in the United States with an affiliated school, in the English tradition. The girl trebles, ages 12-18, attend National Cathedral School for girls.
Under the direction of Canon Michael McCarthy, the choir shares responsibilities with the Boys Cathedral Choir to provide liturgical support for Cathedral services including daily weekday evensongs and Sunday services. They have been heard in radio broadcasts for PRI and have participated in televised Cathedral services and those of national and ecumenical importance such as the memorial service for Princess Diana, the presidential inaugural prayer services, state funerals, the 9/11 prayer service, prayer service for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and, more recently, the Funeral service of Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Memorial service for Nelson Mandela, and installation of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States.
Concert tours have taken the choirs to New York, Sarasota, Tampa, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, San Francisco, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Richmond and Hawaii and just recently to the United Kingdom to visit Ely, Worchester, Lincoln, and St. Paul’s Cathedrals, and Kings College, Cambridge. The choirs have recorded numerous CD’s including Centennial Celebration, Hear the Christmas Angels and Handel’s Messiah, all available through the Cathedral Museum Store.
Concert tickets are free but necessary to ensure seating, so get yours today!