Motet Choir invited for the finals of the Barnardo's National Choral Competition 2016

Singers from Tonbridge Grammar School have received news that their talents have been recognised in one of the biggest national school choral competitions. The 50-voice TGS Motet Choir have been told they have reached the finals of the Barnardo's National Choral Competition 2016 for the 8th successive year!

“To be selected for this national competition is a fabulous testimony to the consistency and outstanding quality of music-making at TGS,” says Assistant Head Teacher, Adrian Pitts. “It is a huge accolade to be recognised as one of the best six senior school choirs in the country in this prestigious competition.”

The final for the Barnardo's National Choral Competition will take place in the Royal Festival Hall in London on Tuesday 9 February 2016 in front of 2,500 people. The choir will perform two pieces to the judges – Adrian Pitts’ arrangement of “Immortal Love”, and an emotive arrangement of gospel song “Goin’ up a-yonder”. The choir will also perform in a Gala evening concert, in which they will perform one of these pieces again as well as two massed choir items with the other five senior choirs and the 18 junior choirs taking part in the competition.

“It is certainly going to be a momentous few weeks for the choir,” continues Adrian. “Few singers can say they’ve been a part this competition as finalists for 8 years. Of course we would like to try to win it for a third time! As well as the competition, the Choir is busy working on their programmes for the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in July, representing England.”

This isn’t the first time the quality of TGS Motet Choir has been recognised nationally – the singers, who are aged 14-18, also reached the Semi-Finals of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition last year, and were runners up in 2013 and 2007. They were silver diploma winners at the 2015 European Choir Games in Germany, and plan to return to the 3rd ECG 2017 in Riga Latvia.

“The students are delighted that their hard work, as well as their vocal talents, have been acknowledged on the national stage – they are really delighted and are looking forward to the months ahead!”

For more details please contact:

Mr A Pitts

Assistant Head Teacher

Tonbridge Grammar School

01732 365125 X242