On Saturday 4 March over 170 members of four different choirs from the Junior School travelled to Emmbrook School for the choral section of Woodley Festival of Music. The afternoon started with our youngest Choir ‘Cantilena’ singing in the Infant Class. They sang The Dragon and Down the River/Viva L’Amour! The adjudicator complimented the choir on their clear words, good rhythm and secure two part singing. They were awarded a distinction, first place, gold medal and The Woodley Festival Star Award.
Next to follow were Kensington Choir with their rendition of Butterfly and Whisper! The adjudicator, Douglas Coombes, commented on their good tone, phrasing and diction for both pieces and awarded them also a distinction, first place, gold medal and The Forley Trophy.
Somerleaze Singers was the biggest choir of the day at the Festival with nearly 80 members attending from the choir. They sang Lady Dressed in White and Pick a Bale O’ Cotton. They sang with a ‘lovely’ tone, good secure three part singing and were complimented on their ensemble singing. Another distinction, first place, gold medal and The John Keene Trophy was awarded to the choir.
The final choir of the day was our Chamber Choir. There were five choirs in their class, so it was a tough section. They sang Stronger with Time and Joyful, Joyful and the adjudicator said that they had conveyed all the words and it had really touched him. He also mentioned the good intonation, that it was a sensitive and well phrased performance and well balanced part singing. After a long afternoon The Chamber Choir were also awarded a distinction, first place, gold medal and The John Keene Trophy.
Every member of each choir sang superbly and we are extremely proud of them all. The title of Choir of the Festival has been awarded to us as a school.