Tonbridge Grammar to represent Great Britain at European Champs

3rd European Choir Games & Grand Prix of Nations
16-20 July 2017 Singing in Latvia

Organiser: INTERKULTUR in cooperation with the city of Riga

A Kent School Choir is putting final preparations to their programme to take part in the largest international choral competition in Europe in Riga Latvia this summer.

The award winning TGS Motet Choir from Tonbridge Grammar School in Tonbridge Kent, will represent GB and compete against the best in the international choir world at the 3rd European Choir Games in July 2017. 

They are amongst about 100 choirs and 3,000 of the best singers from around the world , including choirs from Canada and the United States, Israel, New Zealand, China, Latvia and Bulgaria, with an average age of under 27 years old. 

The TGS Choir were finalists in the National Choir Competition earlier in the year, and regularly perform at prestigious venues such as St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Aged between 14 and 18, the 33-strong female choir were originally founded in 1992 by Assistant Head teacher Adrian Pitts celebrating their 25th anniversary earlier in the year.

The girls will have a packed programme taking part in the competitions against youth choirs from all over the world, and hopefully, if they qualify, the Grand Prix of Nations on their final day. They will give a friendship concerts with other international choirs in Riga, a city known for its children’s and youth choirs. The young singers will also work with international choir trainers in a series of workshops. 

For youngest singer, Alto Erin (14) from Maidstone,  this is her first experience of competing with the choir and longest serving members 6thformers 18-year old Alto Charlotte from Wadhurst and Soprano Lauren (18) from Matfield, Tonbridge, it is their swansong after 4 years with the choir. 

They are very excited. Musical Director, and Assistant Headteacher Adrian Pitts said:

 ‘It’s such an honour to be asked to take part in such a prestigious event and compete against the best youth choirs from across the world. In 2015, the choir won a silver diploma in Germany – we are desperate to give our young singers at this school, the opportunity to try to go for gold this time.’

 Choir members’ motivation and skills increases enormously when they compete
— Mr Pitts

The competition is not the most important element; what matters most to choir singers is the excitement of preparing for the competition.

 The young choir are performing at the School on 13th July at school as they say bon voyage to the UK on the following Sunday.

Details about Interkultur can be found at: http://www.interkultur.com/