TGS School choirs raise the roof for Barnardo's at Christmas 2018

Tonbridge Grammar School's three young choirs have been invited for the third successive year to perform at a special Christmas Carol Concert at Southwark Cathedral on Wednesday 28 November 2018 at 7.30pm as a fundraising venture for Barnardo's. Over 150 pupils will be raising the roof to begin their Christmas festivities from TGS Motet, Cantores and Junior Choirs. As well as singing their own pieces, the choirs will come together with five other schools to form a massed choir to sing music by Lin Marsh and a specially written carol by Motet director Adrian Pitts who will also conduct the combined forces.

The School has a rich programme of co-curricular activities in music, and singing is at the heart of its assemblies and concerts. Many musical groups support work in the local communities of Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells.

Founded in 1992 under its current director Adrian Pitts, TGS Motet Choir has performed at major venues across the UK, such as the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, as well as Cathedrals in London. The choir undertakes a number of charity concerts each year. Motet 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 the BBC competition. They won gold and silver medals at the 3rd European Choir Games appearance in Riga, Latvia in 2017. Last Christmas they performed carols for Barnardo’s and for the local Tonbridge Philharmonic Choir – who immediately booked them again and for a commemorative performance of Britten’s War Requiem to be held on 24 November 2018 in Tonbridge School Chapel.

TGS Cantores was founded in 1993 as an auditioned competition choir for Years 8 & 9 and as a preparation for our senior Motet Choir. It consistently won choral classes in local competitions in Tunbridge Wells, Ashford and more recently has performed at Kings’s Place, London as part of the ‘Women of the World Festival’. They have also performed at St Paul’s, Westminster and Southwark Cathedrals in the Barnardo’s Christmas Concerts. Under it's current director Benedict Collins Rice, they will be fresh from their performance with the Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir in support of the Hospice in the Weald.

The Junior Choir is open to all students in Years 7 and 8. It has run continuously since 1989 under staff and student direction. This year it is also directed by Benedict Collins Rice. The 50-strong choir have just received an invitation to Barnardo's Young Supporters' Concert in June at Central Hall, Westminster.