Led by Claus Vestergaard Jensen, the Copenhagen Girls’ Choir is proud to present a concert of both religious and non-religious music including Rheinberger’s Mass in G-minor, modern Danish sacred choral music, Danish folk songs, and newly composed pieces with texts by Ursula Andkjær-Olsen, Hans Christian Andersen, and T.S. Eliot.
The Copenhagen Girls’ Choir rates among the best of its kind in Denmark and has its home at the Sankt Annæ Gymnasium, the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School. The Copenhagen Girls’ Choir was founded in 1973 and is under the patronage of HRH Princess Benedikte, and is resident choir at the Helligaandskirken in central Copenhagen (Church of the Holy Spirit). The connection between court, church, and school is a centuries old tradition in Denmark and a tradition, which The Copenhagen Girls’ Choir proudly maintains.
Copenhagen Girls’ ChoirThe Choir seeks to have a balance between more challenging and more direct music in its programs. In this way the concerts appeal to both regular and new audiences. The repertoire is broad with special focus on new music and popular music. Many composers of stature have felt persuaded to write for the choir, among them Knut Nystedt, Ib Nørholm, Leif Kayser Maj-Britt Kramer, Bo Holten, and Michael Bojesen. The Choir also performs music by the important composers such as Fauré, Poulenc, Brahms, Schubert, and Rheinberger.
The Copenhagen Girls’ Choir is characterized by its homogeneous sound, partly resulting from the fact that the girls are of the same age, partly a result of the careful voice-training received at the Sankt Annæ Gymnasium. The Copenhagen Girls’ Choir consists of all the girls from grade 6 through 9 at the Sankt Annæ Gymnasium, nearly 130 altogether.
The Copenhagen Girls’ Choir has recorded several CDs and toured all over the world, most recently in the U.S., Canada, and China, with the aim of spreading knowledge of Danish and Scandinavian choral music. Touring the East Coast this April, the Choir consists of 36 girls ages 15-16, and will visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Princeton, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and New York City.