Chamber Choir success as runners up in BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year 2016 Competition

Hearty congratulations to the St George's College Chamber Choir which appeared on BBC1, Songs of Praise on Sunday 24 April, performing Ev'ry time I feel the spirit (arr. Chilcott) to critical acclaim as a finalist in the BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year Competition 2016. 

It was clear from judges' comments that the choir was a very highly regarded competitor, giving a “technically amazing performance”, singing with a beautiful sound. Described as cool customers, who had performed with passion and confidence, the students' sense of cohesion and inherent musicianship was clear to both see and hear.

The College Chamber Choir is an ensemble which participates in the many facets of school life through singing at Masses and services, giving concerts, and touring, and the choir was thrilled to receive a trophy as runners-up, in this long established competition.

Celebrating at a party yesterday (24 April), the children commented that they had enjoyed the experience immensely and were thrilled to have achieved so highly in the competition. 

With children ranging in ages from 13-18 across all voice parts, Director of Music at St George's College Tansy Castledine congratulated the choir on its outstanding achievement, impressive ability to demonstrate such a breadth of styles both within the competition and beyond, and for its commitment and unity as a team representing the school at the very highest national and international levels.

If you would like to hear the choir perform live, their next performance is on Saturday 7 May 2016, when they will be performing Handel - Messiah (parts 2 & 3) at St Mark's, Hamilton Terrace, London NW8. To purchase copies of the new choir CD, Follow that Star, visit www.stgeorgescollegemusic.com.

You can hear the children's performances in the BBC 2016 competition here:

St George’s College performance in the Finals

You can watch the whole programme (finals) here

St George’s College performance in the Semi-Finals

You can watch the whole programme (semi-finals) here

25 April 2016

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