22nd October 2017 — Woldingham School, Surrey, welcomed seven prep school choirs, including over 200 children, on 10th October to its Junior Choir Festival.
Woldingham’s music teachers took the pupils through a carousel of musical sessions to develop voice, rhythm and performance skills. The children were enthusiastic participants, bubbling through water in unison, humming as though at a Formula 1 race and responding to each other through clapping. Each school was supported by some of Woldingham’s music scholars.
The event culminated in a performance to parents, schools and Woldingham’s teachers. The 600-seat auditorium was packed and the choirs sang impeccably to rapturous applause. After performing their individual pieces, the choirs came together to sing a beautiful rendition of O Taste and See by Vaughan Williams.
Adjudicator Ian Belsey, who has spent over forty years in show business and is one of the world’s leading performers in light opera, selected Hornsby House’s Chamber Choir as this year’s winners. Their performance of Coldplay’s Fix You was chosen for its beautiful tone and control.
John Hargreaves, Director of Music at Woldingham, said, “I was amazed by the breadth and depth of musicianship displayed by the junior choirs and delighted to see so many young singers at our school. I hope that the Woldingham Junior Choir Festival provided inspiration, guidance and enjoyment to all participants.”
Sarah Cloete, Director of Music at Hornsby House, said, “The children had a wonderful musical experience at Woldingham and we were absolutely delighted to win the competition.”