80 choir singers from a junior school in Fleet impressed judges last week when they performed at a festival celebrating the UK's most inspiring young musicians.
Continuing their success at the regional heats at The Connaught School, Aldershot, in March this year, the children from All Saints C of E Junior School’s choir performed four songs at the National Festival of Music for Youth at The Symphony Hall, Birmingham, which showcased young musical talent of all genres at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham throughout the week.
The regional festivals held in March saw 40,000 young musicians battle it out to take part in the national heats, from which musicians of all genres will be selected to perform at the Royal Albert Hall later in the year.
All Saints’ choir wowed judges at the National Festival with their use of British Sign Language throughout their rendition of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. This earned them a nomination for a Music for Youth National Partnership Award, despite stiff competition from many other choirs and ensembles at the festival that day. They will need to wait until September to hear if they have been selected to receive the award and sing at The Royal Albert Hall.
Teacher Laura Roke, who accompanied the choir to the event, said: “The children have worked so hard under the guidance of choir leader, Mrs Duncombe, practising and perfecting their performance, and it was a privilege to perform in such an amazing venue. Many congratulations to all who took part. We are very proud of you!”
Music for Youth (MFY) is national music education charity providing free access to performance and audience opportunities for young musicians across the UK through its annual season of festivals and concerts. For more information, see: www.mfy.org.uk