Tonbridge Grammar School is delighted to announce that the TGS Motet Choir have qualified for the semi-finals of the BBC Songs of Praise ‘Young Choir of the Year 2019' and the final of the Barnardo's Youth Choir Competition.
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.
On Tuesday 3rd July, the 40-strong Motet Choir from Tonbridge Grammar School will join students from all over the country to perform in this year’s Music For Youth National Festival in Birmingham. The award-winning senior girls’ choir has been selected to perform on the stage of the Symphony Hall in Birmingham this summer. Only 40% of the 40,000 musicians are selected for National Festival events at this annual celebration of music.
Nearly 100 singers from Tonbridge Grammar School took part in a carol concert at Southwark Cathedral on Friday in support of Barnardo's.
Year 10 Charlotte, a member of TGS Motet Choir, has been involved with Glyndebourne Youth Opera for about 5 years and this Saturday she is performing "Belongings" the world premiere of a new youth opera exploring the experiences of young people forced by war to flee their homes on the main Glyndebourne stage.
"Belongings", a newly commissioned opera by Lewis Murphy (Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in- Residence) tracks the journeys of two groups of young people, divided by decades but united by the geographical displacement they experience. Accompanied by their teacher, a group of evacuees board the train from London to Lewes to escape the Blitz, singing of the exciting adventure they anticipate in the countryside. Their optimism fades as they begin to pine for home, and one group decides to run away. Meanwhile, in the present day, a group of refugee children are re-building their recently demolished shelters. They try to remain positive while contemplating the dangerous final stage of their journeys.
Good luck Charlotte!