On Saturday 02 March, our Year 5 and 6 choir competed in the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama at Bedford Corn Exchange. After winning their category they were subsequently awarded the Bedford Choral Society Cup, given to the most outstanding choir of the junior choirs section of the festival, together with a prize of £200.
Competing against choirs from five other schools, they sang three songs from Hart and Cooling’s ‘Going West’: Welcome to Rustin Creek, Song of the Prairie and Ballad of Big Tex. Adjudicator, Sarah Jefferies, was particularly impressed by the vitality and commitment of their performance, and commented on the accuracy of their two-part singing.
Head of Junior School Music, Mr Bishop, said: “The children rose to the occasion magnificently and sang beautifully; clearly enjoying the experience of performing to a packed hall. There was a lovely, exciting atmosphere and our choir appreciated the warm welcome that they received. They are very much looking forward to visiting again next year.”
The Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama is an annual event which provides a showcase for the wealth of talent in the amateur performing arts in Bedfordshire and the surrounding area. The Festival offers a wide range of classes for all ages covering most musical genres including Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Asian music, as well as many varied Speech and Drama classes including Verse Speaking, Acting, Mime and Improvisation.