TGS Motet Choir from IB World School Tonbridge Grammar School was founded in 1992 and have sung in cathedrals and Britain's major music venues and last summer joined choirs from all over the world by appearing at the glittering European Choir Games event in Germany last summer, earning a silver diploma in their first competitive games.
The choir will once again be performing on a world stage when they take part in the Senior Children’s Choir and Children's Folksong competitions at the 70th anniversary of the Llangollen Eisteddfod on Thursday July 7. Choirs from the USA, Trinidad and Tobago, and Indonesia will also take part.
According to the director of the choir, Adrian Pitts, the group due to appear at the iconic cultural festival, will be very excited and every one of the 38 young choristers is looking forward to their appearance.
He said: “The choir has been over to Llangollen to compete in the Eisteddfod a few years ago and it’s always a real thrill being there and a very special occasion for them.”
Tonbridge Grammar School Motet Choir is for young people aged 14-18 and performs throughout the year at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and across Kent and the South East of England.
Members of the choir regularly sing with the Bach Choir in their annual St Matthew Passion as well as in high-profile concerts, competitions and special events.
Their repertoire covers a wide variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, folk, and world music, with new commissions regularly being written especially for them.
An unforgettable moment came with they appeared on TV in a special programme on the anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Another high profile appearance for the TGS Motet Choir came in 2015 when they performed at St Paul's Cathedral in front of 2,500 people.
In 2014, the choir appeared at Westminster Cathedral to premiere a work by Kent composer Margaret Rizza dedicated to the choir.
Broadcaster Aled Jones, acclaimed singer and supporter of young choirs, said: "The performances of the TGS Motet Choir that I have enjoyed over the years on BBC Songs of Praise have been consistently inspirational. The blend of voices is a magical one, and something not easy to achieve in a school choir. It is remarkable that this standard is reached consistently and it is to the credit of the girls and their-choirmaster.
They have huge potential and if you have the opportunity to hear, work with or support the future of this exciting and enthusiastic state school choir of young voices, I would thoroughly recommend that you grab the chance.”
Adrian Pitts added: “We enjoyed the Choir Games in 2015 and have been seeking sponsorship to support the unique programme of this school choir, who do not have the musical resources of other county choirs or independent schools. We were finalists in Barnardo's national choir competition earlier this year, and impressed judges at the National Choir of the Year competition at The Anvil Basingstoke in April. These appearances have helped prepare the girls' choir for Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.”
“As choir members in the school also have busy programmes leading to the International Baccalaureate diploma in the 6th form, we normally only rehearse once a week."
“But Llangollen gives these young people a wonderful chance to get together, explore new international ideas and work with like-minded people from all over the world in a very friendly atmosphere."
“Everyone is looking forward to visiting Llangollen again and we’ll be bringing nearly 40 singers this year."
This year’s Eisteddfod, which begins on Tuesday, July 5, will attract competitors from even further afield and concert ticket sales are already going well, especially for the opening night when Katherine Jenkins gets the programme off to a sensational start as she sings Bizet’s Carmen.
The great Bryn Terfel will headline the 70th Classical Gala Concert on Thursday evening with acclaimed Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja while the day will see the crowning of the Children’s Choir of the World.
Friday will celebrate Rhythms of the World and will be a feast of music and dance from the best of the Eisteddfod’s international competitors with the Dance Champions of the World competition climax at the evening concert.
It will open with a Caribbean Carnival Extravaganza, followed by the International Peace message delivered by Theatr yr Ifanc.
For more on Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and its competitions and concerts as well as how to get to it and where to stay go to http://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/ or check out https://www.facebook.com/llangollen
Article written by Mr Pitts