Youth choir hits a few festive high notes

Youth choir hits a few festive high notes

The 40 choristers, who are aged 14 to 19 and come from secondary schools across West Kent, took part in a carol concert in support of the children’s charity Barnardo’s on December 10.

They sang The Candlelight Carol by John Rutter and Mary Did You Know? by the Pentatonix.

The group was formed in September by Adrian Pitts, who ran the award-winning Motet Choir at Tonbridge Grammar School [TGS] for 27 years before his retirement in the summer.

The pupils come from TGS, The Judd School and West Kent College in Tonbridge, as well as Bennett Memorial and Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School and Uplands Community College.

The singers have been practising at TGS and Judd, and Mr Pitts’ team includes associate conductor Rachel Balcombe, a local singer and musician who is Head of Music at Judd.

Ms Balcombe said: “The young singers were really excited to be participating in such an awesome venue.

“They have been working hard on our featured items as well as the massed choir items. We are delighted that they have come so far so quickly.”

Mr Pitts, the Choir Director, told the Times: “We have been delighted by the response to this new mixed choir.

“We are really grateful that The Judd School and Tonbridge Grammar have offered us rehearsal spaces this term. Our next auditions are due in January – particularly for young male voices.”

The ensemble also took part in the Family Carols concert with Tonbridge Philharmonic Choir at Tonbridge School’s chapel on Saturday [December 14], helping to raise funds for local charities.

Rehearsals are held during term time every Wednesday from 4.30-5.45pm. For more information email

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