WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL CHORALIA
Founded in September 2012, Choralia is recognised as one of Europe’s leading upper voice choirs. The 24 auditioned voices of Choralia all attend Wells Cathedral School, one of only four schools in England supported by the British government’s Music and Dance Scheme, providing worldclass music training from the elite of the profession. Many of the girls of Choralia were formerly choristers in the choir of Wells Cathedral, whilst others enrolled at Wells Cathedral School after their initial training in other leading British choral foundations. The remainder are drawn from the multinational student body. Choralia has enjoyed significant international success in its short history. Having overcome all challengers in BBC Radio 3’s national competition, Choralia were selected to compete in the international stages of Let the Peoples Sing 2013, an event widely considered the most important international choral competition, drawing together national champion choirs from across Europe and North America. Choralia was delighted to be the first British choir to reach the grand final in over a decade, placing it among the best three youth and children’s choirs in Europe. In November 2013 Choralia was honoured to perform Andrew Smith’s poignant Norwegian Requiem with the jazz trumpet improviser Arve Henriksen; a moving reflection on the tragic massacre on Utoya. Choralia has broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3 and has performed at the Sage Gateshead, LSO St Luke’s, St George’s Bristol, Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and Wells Cathedral.