On Monday 12th March the Chamber Choir travelled up to the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Centre to take part in the finals of the Barnado’s 10th National Choral Competition.
The journey to the Finals began back in October 2017 when we submitted some recordings of the Choir to the competition judges. Hundreds of schools from across the UK entered and we were absolutely thrilled when we heard that St David’s had been chosen for the finals of one of the biggest choral competitions in the UK.
The Choir have been working very hard over the last few weeks preparing their two songs, Roller Ghoster and We are the Young, which they performed in the morning to the judges. After the competition, the Choir took a short walk to the Sea Life Centre, where they got up close to sharks, stingrays and were able to touch the starfish. The penguins made everyone laugh and the children particularly enjoyed the shark talk (in which Mark earned several stickers!) before returning to the Royal Festival Hall for the evening concert.
The Chamber Choir selected We are the Young to perform in the concert, which was brought to a close with a massed rendition of We’ll Never Walk Alone and the announcement of the winners from the Under 12 and Under 18 categories. Although the Chamber Choir were not winners on this occasion, they should feel incredibly proud of their achievement. The Choir sang beautifully, showing just how talented they are, and did incredibly well to be selected as one of only eighteen junior choirs from across the country.
It was long day, but the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience of performing in such a prestigious concert hall and our thanks go to the teachers and Mrs Stranack for making it possible and to all the parents for their support throughout the day. Photos from the day can be viewed in the Gallery.