Tonbridge Grammar School winners of the Barnardo’s National Choir Competition

We are delighted to announce that Tonbridge Grammar School were the winners of the Barnardo’s National Choir Competition in front of 3000 people at London’s Barbican Centre last night. The 45-strong Girls’ choir were selected for the last six senior choirs by judges from over 100 entries from across the UK. The TGS Motet Choir performed two pieces, including a piece specially written for them by Sevenoaks based Composer Margaret Rizza "A Cradle Song", and a lively gospel song "Hosanna" arranged by the choir’s director Adrian Pitts. Solo cellist 17-year old Molly Marsh from Cudham near Sevenoaks accompanied the choir for the Rizza song.

Soloist Alice Rockliffe (18-years) from Crowborough who is in her final year in the choir accepted the trophy with fellow soloist 18-year old Y13 student Tara Blackburn. Judges included BBC broadcaster Dr Douglas Coombes who said their decision was "unanimous"! Alice was a new-comer to the choir when it won its first National Choir competition in 2009. The TGS Motet Choir are the only choir to have made the final six choirs every year since.

17-year old India Luff from Tonbridge was thrilled with the choir’s success last night. Choir director Adrian Pitts said, "The girls really sang their hearts out, it was a memorable evening."

As winners the girls go on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall later in the year and have a piece specially written for them by Douglas Coombes.

The TGS Motet Choir is competing again this weekend at the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition in Liverpool which will be televised in April.