The 40-strong Motet Choir from Tonbridge Grammar School has just returned home after their first International Competition in Magdeburg Germany with a silver diploma in their youth choir category.
One of only three choirs representing Great Britain at the Games, the Tonbridge-based girls' vocal ensemble sang their hearts out at the Kloster Unser lieben Frauen Magdeburg against choirs from Denmark, Romania, Sweden and Bulgaria in a closely fought contest, missing the gold diploma by only 1.5 marks!
The Bi-annual Games, organised by Interkultur promote International cultural awareness so the Choir also performed with choirs from all over the world. Interkultur is also dedicated to the goal of bringing people of all nations, cultures and ideologies together in peaceful competition. The Games follow the Olympic Games in its ideals and structure.
Director, and Choir founder Adrian Pitts said: "At a performance at a local German school, there were two German choirs, a full South African youth choir complete with djembe drums and gum boots and the ladies from TGS! - quite a noise when we all sang together at the end."
The young Kent choir received a standing ovation for their rousing rendition of Bob Chilcott's Happy Land.
The Choir also sang with three International adult choirs in a friendship concert at the Markuskirche including a choir of Romanian Bishops, and the Akoustika Choir from South Africa (ranked 3rd best choir in the World). A three minute ovation followed the girls' concert performance.
The girls also honed their musical skills by being involved in workshops with International choir trainers Ines Dominik Reiger (Austria) and Johan Rooze (Netherlands).
The girls also entertained the people of Magdeburg with impromptu performances on the tram, in restaurants and the departure lounge at Hannover airport! Passengers and flight crew were so impressed that the Captain asked for a repeat performance at 34,000ft somewhere over the North Sea on their return to Heathrow!!
“It was a lot of fun, but an amazing experience!”