Gresham’s choir reach finals of National Choral Competition

Just Regional
Jan 12, 2015 2 mins read

A young choir of school children from Gresham’s Prep School in Holt received confirmation, for the second year running, that they had been selected for the national finals of the Barnardo’s National Choral Competition at London’s prestigious Royal Festival Hall.

The Chapel Choir is the only auditioned choir at Gresham’s Prep and is made up of forty-five children aged between 9 and 13 years. They lead the weekly chapel services at school and also perform widely around Norfolk. In 2014, they performed in concerts in the cathedrals of Ely and Peterborough, as well as singing alongside the English Chamber Orchestra at St Peter’s Church, Sheringham. The choir has also benefited from having a composer-in-residence at the school this year, Patrick Hawes. Patrick is a former composer-in-residence at Classic FM and his album Angel was top of the classical charts in April 2014. Most recently, the children performed the premiere of The Stable Carol which he wrote for the school.

In March 2014, the choir also reached the finals of this Choral Competition and performed at London’s Barbican. This year, the children will perform on 9th March at the Royal Festival Hall and the school is delighted that the young singers have been given another opportunity to perform in a competition which sees a large number of entries and where the standard of singing is extremely high. Mr Waring said of their achievement, “The choir have worked very hard all term performing a wide range of music at various events, including a concert with the English Chamber Orchestra, and it is testament to their effort and commitment in a very busy school that they achieve such a high standard of choral singing. I am very proud of them all.”
The choir will be performing at Norwich Cathedral on January 17th and a tour to Malta at Easter is planned.

Chapel Choir finalists for Barnardos National Choral Competition March 2015

Chapel Choir finalists for Barnardos National Choral Competition March 2015

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