Tonbridge Grammar School will take over a hundred school children to sing at a Carol Concert in Westminster Cathedral in support of the work of Barnardo’s.
Tonbridge Grammar School’s Motet and Cantores Choir have been invited to perform at a special Christmas Carol concert in Westminster Cathedral, the largest Catholic Church in England and Wales in central London in December. The 120 strong massed choir will sing in front of over 2000 people.
They will sing a specially arranged version of ‘Christmas Bells’ by Choir Director Adrian Pitts, as well as ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘A Christmas Blessing’. Singers are drawn from all over West Kent, including Sevenoaks, Hastings and Tonbridge.
Tonbridge Grammar School Choirs has been regularly asked to perform for Barnardo’s events over the last four years, singing at the magical setting of St Paul’s Cathedral last Christmas.
Cantores Choir was started on 1995, and under its new director Leoma Dyke, are over 60 in number from Years 8 and 9. In previous years they have performed at the Equator Festival in Ashford, and at the King’s Place in London.
Founded in 1992, the TGS Motet Choir, under its current director Adrian Pitts, it has performed at major venues across the UK, such as the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the O2 Arena, as well as Cathedrals in London. The choir undertakes a number of charity concerts each year, singing for the Hospice in the Weald (Kent) and Orchid (Male Cancer charity) in 2015. There are 50 singers aged 14-18 years.
They have had great success in national choir competitions, including winning Barnardo’s National Choir competition in 2009 and 2013, and being runners up in the BBC Songs of Praise School Choirs competition in 2007 and 2013. In 2015 they were televised again in the final stages of this BBC competition.
In 2015 they were finalists for the 7th year running for Barnardo’s National Choir competition at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and won a silver certificate at their first European Choir Games in Magdeburg, Germany in the summer. They are hoping to return to the Llangollen Eisteddfod in 2016.
“It’s always a very special occasion singing in such a beautiful space,” said Adrian Pitts, Choir Director, “the girls always enjoy it.”
The award winning TGS Motet Choir is also appearing locally:
- 12th December: 7.30pm The Glory of Christmas Concert with Paddock Wood Choral Society
- 18th December: 11.30am Service of Nine Lessons and Carols for School Parents and students