TGS Motet Choir continued their recent run of success by being awarded the prestigious Choir of the Day in the Youth Choir category, at the first audition round of Choir Of The Year 2014 at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon on Saturday 8th March. This means that the choir will go to the national selection in the summer, where the judges will select four choirs in each category to go through to the Category Finals at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 19 October 2014. The six finalists selected from this event will compete for the title Choir of the Year 2014 at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 7 December 2014, broadcast on BBC Radio and TV.
The 50-strong girls’ choir was judged by international choir trainer Mary King* to be ‘impressively good’ with ‘ a fresh tone and great intonation’. Their winning programme started with an upbeat Medieval piece Alle Psallite followed by O Love that wilt not let me go featuring choir soloist Charlotte Dunn, before a spirited version of the Spiritual O Peter go ring them bells!
The Choir was the only representative from the state sector at the competition, and unusually featured Y11 accompanist Natalie Jobbins, a GCSE music student, in their programme.
*Mary King: After taking a degree in English, Mary King studied at the Guildhall and has had a long career as an opera and concert singer, performing with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. As an Artistic Associate at English National Opera, she designed and led a course for aspiring singers called The Knack which ran for 12 years. As the instigator and director of Voicelab at the Southbank Centre (2006-2013), she was involved in all aspects of vocal work, from casting professional shows to directing a wide variety of choral groups in a vast range of repertoire encompassing everything from Beethoven to Bellowhead. Now freelance again, she works as voice coach to numerous West End productions as well as within Conservatoires and Performing Arts schools and her own private studio. She mixes teaching with broadcasting ( TV -Operatunity and Musicality , Cardiff Singer of the World, Choir of the Year; Radio: numerous programmes including The Choir and weekend BBC Radio 3 shows), and is the author of a series of coaching books for Boosey & Hawkes as well as The Singer’s Handbook published by Faber Music.
She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music and Rose Bruford College.