TGS Motet Choir from Tonbridge Grammar School were invited to perform in the Music for Youth National Festival in Symphony Hall, Birmingham last week, receiving amazing feedback from the musical judges including:
- lovely dynamics... lovely rich sound... excellent blend and kept the tone even when singing quietly
- excellent diction, and impressive full tone and the canon was beautifully balanced
- a beautiful and confident solo (Aria Year 9) ; well watched for the many tempo changes
- a beautifully presented and prepared choir
They did brilliantly against two County Youth Choirs and some much larger area choirs. Their programme was praised, combining music by Bob Chilcott Be Thou My Vision, the American songbook classic Fly me to the Moon, finishing with a lively gypsy-inspired piece The Wedding Ring.
They left Tonbridge at 7am in order to be ready to perform on the National Festival Fringe Tent in the City Gardens just after lunch, before participating in a mash-up workshop with Helen Smee from the National Youth Choir.
Their final Festival performance took place early evening in Symphony Hall alongside other choirs from all over the UK.
New member and soloist Aria was thrilled with the day:
"At first I was a bit nervous about going to sing on a big stage against other choirs. I really enjoyed performing. It was such an exciting experience, one I will never forget."
Choir Director Adrian Pitts commented: "It is an amazing venue with a full rich sound yet has pin point clarity."
At this Festival there are no announced winners, so we wait to see if the Motet Choir are invited to the final stage which is a performance at the Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November!
Congratulations to all performers, helpers and staff.