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

Tonbridge Grammar School will take over a hundred school children to sing at a Carol Concert in Southwark Cathedral in support of the work of Barnardo’s.

Tonbridge Grammar School’s Motet and Cantores Choir have been invited to perform at a special Christmas Carol concert in Southwark Cathedral, in central London in December. The 100 strong massed choir will sing in front of over 2000 people in aid of Barnardo's.

They will sing a specially arranged version of ‘Carol of the Bells’ by Choir Director Adrian Pitts, as well as 'Angelus ad Virginem' by Philip Lawson and ‘My Lord will come’ by Will Todd. Singers are drawn from all over West Kent, including Sevenoaks, Hasting and Tonbridge.

Barnardo's Christmas Carol Concert 2017 - Evening performance

Welcome to the Annual Barnardo's Christmas Carol Concert featuring school choirs from around the UK and guest readings. Fundraising in aid of Barnardo's, supporting vulnerable children throughout the UK.  This is the ticket site for the EVENING Performance


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 last year. 

"Last year we were able to raise over £500 for Barnardo's from our Spring Concert, and we work every year with Barnardo's Meadows School in Southborough through Music Junction (London Chamber Orchestra) where our students mentor Meadows children to help them learn an instrument."

The Cantores Choir was started on 1995, and under its current director Leoma Dyke, are over 50 in number drawn from Years 8 and 9. The choir undertakes a number of charity concerts each year, singing with Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir for the Hospice in the Weald (Kent) in November. 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 director Adrian Pitts, 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. 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. Singers regularly go on to achieve choral awards and scholarships at University.

In 2017 they were finalists for the 9th year running for Barnardo’s National Choir competition at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and won gold and silver medals at the European Choir Games in Riga, Latvia in the summer. They are hoping to return to the Llangollen Eisteddfod in 2018.

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

The award winning TGS Motet Choir is also appearing locally:

16th December: 4pm Family Carols (Tonbridge Philharmonic Society & Tonbridge Round Table)


Family Carols -

Family Carols. Saturday 16 December 2017 4pm. Tonbridge School Chapel. Conductor: Matthew Willis. Tonbridge Philharmonic Society once again present their annual celebration of Family Carols in the candlelit Tonbridge School Chapel.  



Further details / contact:
01732 365125