March - Singing SistersSisters, Charlotte and Katie Taylor have achieved a rare feat in the world of music. The girls, who are pupils at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School, have both been accepted into National Choirs; Charlotte (aged 14) has joined the National Youth Choir of Great Britain; Katie (aged 11) has joined the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain.
The National Children’s Choir of Great Britain is for youngsters aged between 9 and 14. Katie had to sing a solo and do aural tests in her audition. The Choir runs two residential courses each year - one at Easter and one in the summer, and will be touring Europe in 2012.
The National Youth Training choir is for youngsters aged between 13 and 18. Charlotte had to sing two contrasting songs on her own and do aural tests in her audition. This Choir which runs residential courses each year at Easter and in the summer, is often used for CD recordings.
Charlotte comments “I will be in the Southern Training Girls Choir which is part of the National Youth Choir. The audition was scary but I’m really excited now I am in the Choir.“ Charlotte, who is Music Captain at school and section leader of second sopranos, is involved with many aspects of music at school. She is in the main school Choir, the Chamber Choir, is taking Music GCSE, a member of the Musical Theatre Club, has singing lessons and theory lessons.
Katie is also a member of the school Choir, Chamber Choir and has singing and theory lessons. She comments “I’m really happy I got into the National Children’s Choir and I am looking forward to hearing other people’s voices.”
Acting Director of Music, Mr James Bryant adds “The girls have done really well to be accepted into these choirs. The standard is extremely high and it will be a fantastic experience for them to perform alongside so many other talented singers.”
Headmaster, Paul D Spencer Ellis adds “We encourage all our pupils to develop their skills at the highest level. Being part of these nationally acclaimed choirs will give Katie and Charlotte invaluable experience of working with other children with similar interests and they will learn from the best experts in the field.”