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Celebration of Singing

On Thursday 14th March 2019 Blackheath Preparatory School hosted its first ever Celebration of Singing.

We invited seven local school choirs (as well as our Year 5 and 6 Boys Aloud Choir) to come and sing some songs that they have been working on. This was not a competitive environment, merely an opportunity for young people to perform in front of an audience, as well as listening to each other. It was a real treat to attend this event as all the children who performed were brilliant and displayed a great deal of enthusiasm for their music.

The afternoon began at 2pm in the main hall. Halstow School began with Africa, followed by Riverston School, who sang Butterfly, Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go and Boys and Girls.  Next Dulwich Hamlet performed Viva la Vida and With her Head Tucked Beneath her Arm, which was accompanied by some particularly comical actions! Then Blackheath Preps Boys Aloud sang Pie Jesu (with a duet in the first verse) and a medley of Queen’s most famous hit songs.

Halfway through the afternoon everyone participated in a medley of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, which we sang as a round between schools. After stretching our legs (and vocal chords), The Pointer School sang School Song and As Long As I Have Music, which was very apt for the purpose of the afternoon. St Dunstan’s College gave a lovely rendition of True Colours and a fresh arrangement of Drunken Sailor. Colfe’s School then sang Corner of the Sky and Dansi Na Kuimba and added in a cabasa for percussive effect. Last, but by no means least, Deansfield School had some brave soloists in their version of Trip the Light Fantastic followed by Can You Hear Me?.

After each school had performed, the musical director of St Matthew’s Westminster, Nigel Groome stood and gave some positive feedback to each choir. The afternoon was a great success and we would like to be able to do it again in the future.

Thank you to everyone who took part including the staff who helped to organise this event. We hope the children continue to both inspire others and be inspired with their singing!