TGS Motet Choir – are you a former member?
Tonbridge Grammar School's TGS Motet Choir – which will compete in the third European Choir Games in Latvia – is looking for past singers to attend a 25th anniversary celebration. As well as the current choir, we hope old girls from previous years will join them for a party and musical showcase from past and present members.
Adrian Pitts, choir director and assistant Head Teacher at Tonbridge Grammar School, said: "One of the reasons for doing this is to bring former members of the choir back together again. We have a thriving online alumni group for the choir. It's an ongoing choir and we're having quite a lot of success at the moment. We are building up to crunch point with two big competitions this year but rehearsals are going well."
Mr Pitts said former choir member Gillian Ripley, a concert violinist who plays with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, will be coming to the celebration, together with choral and organ scholars from Oxford and Cambridge, who started in the choir. The School is trying to trace as many former members as possible to join the celebration and if they are still active in music to perform at the event. There will be the chance to look around the new high quality music rooms, and have afternoon tea. Mr Pitts is running a choral workshop for former members who would like to work on a couple of songs for the evening showcase. Supper will also be provided before an informal showcase from those attending. Ticket price is £25ph.
He also hopes old Motet singers Charlotte and Hattie Webb, now known as folk pop duo The Webb Sisters, will want come along. They toured around the US and Canada supporting the late troubadour Leonard Cohen. Mr Pitts started the choir in 1992 and its first concert was in summer 1993 when it appeared at the National Festival of Music for Youth in London. In 1994 the choir recorded its first CD and has taken part in countless competitions since, including the Choir of the Year contest. They won the Barnardo’s National Choir Competition in 2009 and 2013 and have been in the final stages of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir competition on three separate occasions. Last summer they were ranked 10th in the world in their category at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2016.
Mr Pitts said: "When I first started the choir it was just a little audition group and I had no idea that it would still be going 25 years later."
The reunion will be held at Tonbridge Grammar School in Deakin Leas on Saturday 28th January 2017 to coincide with the School’s birthday (24th January 1905).
Past TGS Motet singers are urged to contact Mrs Pippa Blackstone for details and to register at www.tgs.kent.sch.uk/events/motet25 or by post to –
Mrs Pippa Blackstone Motet25
Tonbridge Grammar School
Tonbridge TN9 2JR