Jun 2010 - Singers Selected for London Stage

This Tuesday (29th June), a talented group of singers from the Royal Alexandra and Albert School will take to the stage at the Barbican in London. The Girls’ Chamber Choir, comprising 17 girls, was selected to perform at the Barnardo’s Believe in Children Festival on 29th June to help raise funds for the charity. Music and dance ensembles from around the South East applied to participate and the Girl’s Chamber Choir was one of only two acts selected from this area.

Last year the Year 9 Vocal Ensemble from the School beat adult ensembles to win the open ensemble class at the Reigate and Redhill Music Festival and, as a result, were nominated to participate in the Barbican Festival. Festivals from all around the South East also nominated acts to perform and with a limited number of places available the Choir did well to be chosen.

The Girl’s Chamber Choir includes the School’s Year 9 and Year 10 vocal ensembles as well as gifted and talented singers from Years 7 and 8 so the girls range in age from 12 to 15.

Director of Music, Josephine Bryant explains “The girls rehearse twice a week and most are taking ABRSM Classical Singing or LAMDA Music Theatre Graded Exams with over a third at Grade 5 or beyond. I think they have been particularly successful because they really love their singing and work hard to achieve highly professional results.”

Headmaster Paul D Spencer Ellis comments “Whilst we provide frequent opportunities for pupils to perform at school, it can not compare with performing at the Barbican which will be the experience of a lifetime. The girls have had amazing success locally and they richly deserve this opportunity.”

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