National Choral Competition Finals

Tonbridge Grammar School Senior Motet Choir have been selected for the National Choral Competition Finals 2017 organised in support of Barnardo’s. They are one of only six choirs chosen from the senior age category, up to and including 18 years of age. 24 choirs, including junior and primary school choirs will perform at The Royal Festival Hall on Friday 17 March 2017. Each selected choir has to sing one of their competition pieces in the evening concert as well as joining in two massed choir items conducted by Dr Douglas Coombes MBE. The winning choirs in each category will be announced at the end
of the concert.

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The 50-strong girls’ choir aged 14-18 are no strangers to success, having been selected as finalists for nine successive years, winning the competition twice before. Choir Director Adrian Pitts said: “We were lucky to be able to record our entry with our own new recording studio this year. We entered a new piece by Canadian composer Sarah Quartel ‘I will be with you’ and a gospel song ‘The storm is passing over’ which is already a favourite with the choir. The girls work hard on top of their academic programmes and achieve a remarkable sound and comeraderie given the time constraints in a state school.”
 
The choir has already had a busy year celebrating Barnardo’s 150th anniversary at their special service at St Paul’s Cathedral and a carol concert at Westminster Cathedral. They took part in a workshop and concert with renowned a cappella group Voces8 before performing as guests with the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society Choir in their ‘Family Carols’ at the end of last term. They have plans to make a CD recording and are competing in the 3rd European Choir Games in Riga Latvia in July 2017.
 
Tickets for the National Choral Competition will be available from the Royal Festival Hall Box Office. Tickets go on sale 23 January 2017. www.southbankcentre.co.uk  or 0207 960 4200