Gifted and talented choral day hits a high note

On Friday 20th March pupils from Year 5 at William Penn Primary School and Southwater Junior Academy, attended a one-day Choral Workshop designed to enthuse and inspire Gifted and Talented young singers.
William Penn and Southwater Junior Academy choral day SUS-150104-145907001William Penn and Southwater Junior Academy choral day SUS-150104-145907001
William Penn and Southwater Junior Academy choral day SUS-150104-145907001

Children from 17 different schools across the County experienced a fun and exciting day, under the guidance of Andrew Cleary (Director of Music at Christ’s Hospital) and David Lawrence (Associate Director of the City of Birmingham Chorus and Director of Young Voices).

They worked on 4 songs – all of which were sung in parts – ‘Open A Book’, ‘Believe’, ‘Singing Playgrounds’ and ‘At The End Of The Day’. Under the baton of David Lawrence, over 200 children, aged 9 and 10, worked together incredibly well to create a fantastic sound.

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The children were also treated to a performance from Christ’s Hospital Schola Choir, watched the famous Band Parade and had lunch in the magnificent Dining Hall. All children were thoroughly engaged in the challenges of the day and enjoyed performing their work to parents, family and friends in Christ’s Hospital Chapel at the end of the afternoon.

Mrs Tina Kear (Advanced Skills Teacher for Primary Music at both William Penn and Southwater Junior Academy) said that the children thrived on such a musical day – both through their singing involvement and through being enthused by both the Schola Chamber Choir and the Band Parade.

Ed from Southwater reported … “It was a great way to meet new friends – it was the best day ever!”

Children from William Penn commented that… “It was an amazing experience. We didn’t want to leave; it was such a good day!”

Report and picture contributed by William Penn Primary School.

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