Grammar's three choirs raise the roof

STEPS TO HEAVEN The Motet choir at Southwark Cathedral

Grammar's three choirs raise the roof

5th December 2018

THREE choirs from Tonbridge Grammar School performed a Christmas Carol Concert at Southwark Cathedral on November 28 to raise funds for children’s charity Barnado’s.

It is the third year in succession that the school has been invited to perform at the charity event. Over 150 pupils represented the Motet, Cantores and Junior choirs.

This year marked a special occasion as they combined with five other schools in a massed choir to perform music by Lin Marsh.

They also sang a specially written carol by Motet director Adrian Pitts.

“My carol is called ‘St Luke’s Carol’ about the shepherds being startled by the angelic host on Christmas night,” said Mr Pitts.

“It was a piece I wrote for primary singers and a jazz ensemble. I adapted it for this concert in a new version that will enable the older singers and adults to join in with harmonies and some echo effects. It’s light-hearted and fun to sing.”

He added: “It was a fantastic start to the festive season in support of Barnardo’s. All the choirs sang their hearts out, but I was especially proud of our three choirs, who gave a winning world premiere performance of my carol.”

A parent said: “It was a fabulous evening for a wonderful cause, and a great opportunity for the girls to be part of a lovely, community event.”

Motel also sung at a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem on Saturday [November 24] in Tonbridge School Chapel.

The event was part of the commemoration of the Armistice and the centenary of the end of the First World War, with proceeds going to the town’s Poppy Appeal.

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