Tonbridge Grammar School Choirs to feature in London Cathedral Charity Carol Concert.

Tonbridge Grammar School will be taking over a hundred school children to sing at a Carol Concert in Westminster Cathedral in support of the work of Barnardo’s for the second year running.

Tonbridge Grammar School’s Motet and Cantores Choirs 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 in support of Barnardo’s. The 120 strong massed choir from the Deakin Leas based hub, will sing in front of over 2000 people.

They will sing ‘Shepherds Shake off your drowsy sleep’, as well as ‘Quem Pastroes’ arranged by the Choir’s director Adrian Pitts. Singers are drawn from all over West Kent, including Sevenoaks, Hasting and Tonbridge.

Tonbridge Grammar School Choirs has been regularly asked to perform for Barnardo’s events over the last five years, singing at the magical setting of St Paul’s Cathedral Christmas 2014.

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, recently 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 2016 they were finalists for the 8th year running for Barnardo’s National Choir competition at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and performed at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales. They are representing England again at the European Choir Games in Riga, Latvia next summer.

“It’s always a very special occasion singing in such a beautiful space,” said Adrian Pitts, Choir Director, “the girls always enjoy it.”

Article written by Adrian Pitts