Tonbridge Grammar School is delighted to announce that the school choir were runners-up in the BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ Senior School Choir of the Year Competition 2013 last Sunday (21st April 2013). The is a national event which is held annually and competition is fierce.
In the previous week, the choir was one of three that was selected out of a total of six for the final.The choir, conducted by the School’s Assistant Head Teacher, Adrian Pitts, and accompanied by student, Ruth Frost, sang a rendition of ‘Just as I am’ during the semi final stage.
For the final itself, the choir chose an inspirational song: 'Hosanna' which met with considerable praise from the judges Suzi Digby, David Grant and Myleene Klaas. Judge David Grant told the Motet Choir 'You moved me' and Myleene Klass pronounced the performance 'stunning'.
In the end TGS lost out to The High School of Glasgow for the ultimate accolade, but the recognition and achievements of the choir has made the dedication and time invested by all participants more than worthwhile. Mr Pitts said...
"The girls were superb ambassadors for the school. It was an incredibly high standard this year from all the choirs. The girls showed great musicianship, commitment, dedication, teamwork and professionalism in the public spotlight. I must congratulate all the choirs that took part in making the semi-final and final such a memorable experience for all of us. However, I am particularly proud of the Motet Choir and with what it has managed to achieve".
Head teacher Rosemary Joyce, who attended the semi-final and the final, supported these sentiments, stating,
“The whole TGS school community would like to celebrate the success of our Motet Choir, finishing as runners-up in the national BBC ‘Songs of Praise’ competition 2013. Both they and our Choir director, have worked incredibly hard over the past few months and richly deserve this success.”
The school’s involvement in the competition began as early as last November when, as one of hundreds of hopefuls from across the UK, they recorded their initial entry on CD. Over the past number of years the Motet Choir has deservedly earned a reputation for its high standard of musicianship, performing at St Paul’s and Westminster Cathedral, as well as winning the Barnardo’s National Choir Competition this year, and taking part in the 2012 Llangollen Eisteddfod.
The Motet Choir will next be performing at The Royal Albert Hall in June in aid of Barnardo's.