11th May 2015
There were many smiling faces (in spite of the 7.45am departure!) as the Prep Chamber Choir set off for Lupton House, near Brixham, to take part in the Torbay and South West of England Arts Festival.
The heavy traffic at Penn Inn lived up to its reputation, but we arrived safely in good time ready to prepare for the competition. There were three schools in our class and we had been drawn to sing first, so we had to set the standard. We were introduced to Mrs Andrea Calladine, the adjudicator, and singing commenced.
9.30 in the morning is never a particularly good time to sing, but as the choir launched into our first song ‘For the Beauty of the Earth’, by John Rutter, I had no fears for the time, as the sound soared in the wonderful acoustic of the Ball Room where we were performing. The adjudicator later said that our opening was beautiful – a good reflection of the song title and exactly as I had asked the choir to do! Comments were made too about ‘a well-blended and lovely sweet vocal tone, the strong 2-part singing and good attention to rhythmic detail’.
Our second song was a complete contrast – ‘We Done a Project on It’, a collaboration between Peter Skellern and Richard Stilgoe, which they penned as part of a school musical in 1992. This is a much lighter hearted and comical piece and the choir again rose to the occasion. The adjudicator commented this was ‘an energetic performance with good use of characterisation and well observed dynamics with well-shaped phrases’.
The all-important results –
1st - Trinity Prep Chamber Choir – 89 marks
2nd - Tower House Choir – 87 marks
3rd - St Christopher’s Choir – 86 marks
In her concluding remarks to our choir, the adjudicator said, ‘’You obviously enjoy singing! This is shown very clearly in your performance. Well done!’’ Mr Nigel Birt