Tonbridge Grammar School’s award-winning senior choir celebrated 25 years of choral singing this weekend with a party on the School’s 112th birthday with cake and in song!
Founded in 1992 under its current director Adrian Pitts, TGS Motet Choir has performed at major venues across the UK. The choir undertakes a number of charity concerts each year including supporting Barnardo’s at Westminster and St Paul’s cathedrals.
They have had great success in national choir competitions, including winning Barnardo’s National Choir competition and getting to the televised final stages of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choirs competition. Last autumn, they performed with Voces8. This year plans include touring Latvia in the summer for the 3rd European Choir Games and making a new CD.
Guests from across the 25 years of the choir returned to the school, together with other TGS alumnae returning for the 112th birthday, to see the new music and 6th form facilities including 9 soundproof practice rooms and recording studio, as well as to join together in songs requested via a Facebook poll of members since 1992. Former Head Teacher Mrs Wendy Carey (1990-2005) who supported the choir in its early days, also attended the day.
Members of the School’s Cantores choir acted as hosts to welcome their guests over tea and cakes. The event saw the launch of a new Motet Choir Society by Headteacher Rosemary Joyce, Chair of Governors Sally Dyson and Development Officer Pippa Blackstone who organised the day. The Society is seeking to secure the future of the excellent choral and musical tradition for the next 25 years.
Mr Pitts led all the visitors in a fun choral workshop around the music of Karl Jenkins and John Rutter. “It was so exciting to be back singing with the choir after five years,” said former Head Student Rachael Wonnacott.
After supper, Mr Pitts looked back of the history of the Choir before being presented with a specially embossed music folder and collection of all his musical arrangements over the 25 years signed by current and former members. The choir also present Mr Pitts with a commemorative vinyl disc of two of the current Choir’s favourite songs.
A showcase of music from current and former members rounded off the evening, bookended by the massed Motet25 choir singing two songs, and the current 2016-17 Choir performing their current songs which they are performing in the 2017 National Choral Competition in London in March.
Becoming a Motet Music Society Member
Membership of the Society is £25 per annum, which supports the running of the Society as well as making a valuable contribution to choral and music opportunities at TGS.
To become a member please fill in the form on the opposite page.
The Motet Music Society will be shaped by its members and we are looking for an enthusiastic team to lead it. Can you help?
If you would like to become a Patron of the Motet Music Society please speak to Mrs Pippa Blackstone.
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