Early March saw our talented Chamber Choir from RGS The Grange travel to London to take part in the Barnardo’s National Choir Competition. Their story is as follows:
A bright and early start for our choir members, as they boarded coaches at 6.30am at RGS The Grange, armed with snacks and pillows to see them through the long day ahead. We excitedly arrived in London at the Royal Festival Hall and prepared for our competition slot at 11.55am. A quick run through in the Green Room, and we were on! The children sang beautifully and were in awe of their surroundings. After their exertions we went for a walk along the Thames, taking in the sights such as the London Eye, The Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral and The Houses of Parliament. When we stopped for a photo opportunity, it only seemed fitting to do some singing. Our acapella impromptu performance drew quite a crowd and was a wonderful and memorable addition to this special day.
After refuelling at Strada there was a massed choir rehearsal with all the other schools who were taking part in the event. Co-ordinating over twenty choirs, was quite a feat for the organisers, but they managed to get everyone on or by the stage.
The final concert of the day was a fantastic opportunity for the children to both perform and also experience listening to choirs from throughout the country. The standard was extremely high and our children should be very proud to have been chosen to be amongst the finalists. The results were: in second place the ‘Cor Heol y March’ Choir and first place, Bromsgrove School Chamber Choir. Our children can certainly hold their heads high for their fantastic contribution to this event and were highly praised for both their singing and their behaviour during the trip.