St John's choir sings in national competition finals
For the 29 girls of the St John's Academy Chorus singing in the finals of the Barnardo's National Choir competition at the Festival Hall was a tremendous experience. But nine of its members came back from London and soon went into the last rehearsals for the production of We Will Rock You - the schools version.
St John's was one of only six secondary school choirs in the county to get a place in this national competition after they impressed the judges with the video clip they sent for the elimination round. Twenty-three choirs performed at the finals last Tuesday' (February 9.)
It was the first competition the choir has entered. Each choir had to sing one of their competition pieces in the evening concert as well as joining in two massed choir numbers.
St John's had beaten several school choirs which regularly make the finals of this competition and at the Festival Hall they faced stiff opposition. They did not win the competition, but their director, Max More, was very pleased with the choir's achievement.
"I was immensely proud of what the girls achieved. They have been telling me for weeks that it would all be OK on the day, and it most certainly was!"
"For a choir that has only been in existence for just over a year, and with limited rehearsal time, we have done commendably well. As ambassadors for St John's, the students were simply exemplary."
"For a number of the Sixth Form choir members this was their last performance before their examination schedules take over. I wish them every success and thank them for their fantastic contribution to the choir."
Max More, the school's Director of Performance, is also directing this year's stage musical - the schools version of We Will Rock You. The show is being performed over four nights, 23, 25, 26 and 27 February.
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