TGS Choir to celebrate 150 years of Barnardo’s at St Paul’s Cathedral

Tonbridge Grammar School Motet Choir is to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Barnardo’s at a service at St Paul’s Cathedral next month.

The service on Wednesday 19th October will celebrate the founder of Barnardo’s Dr Barnardo and how his Charity has helped millions of children families and young people transform their lives during the past 150 years. With music by John Rutter, Cecilia McDowall and Douglas Coombes, the service will also feature celebrity readings and performances by other children’s choirs and the St Paul’s Consort from the Cathedral.

TGS Motet Choir has 50 members from the senior school aged from 14-18 years. Founded by director Adrian Pitts in 1992, they have had great success in national choir competitions, including winning the 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 the BBC competition. They won a silver diploma at their first European Choir Games appearance in Magdeburg, Germany in 2015. In 2016 they were finalists for the 8th year running for Barnardo’s National Choir competition at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Year 10 student Alex, who only joined the choir a few weeks ago said: “I am super excited to be singing at the Barnardo's anniversary service! It's going to be a great occasion and really looking forward to working with Dr Coombes”. Year 13 student Isabella, who will leave the choir at the end of the year after four years of service commented, “St Paul’s is so beautiful and it is so exciting to have the opportunity to sing at such a prestigious venue again.”

The Motet Choir have been annual visitors to London’s Cathedral for a number of years, and are already booked to sing carols at Westminster Cathedral in December.