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Chamber Choir in Barnardo's Choral Competition Final

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Bolton School’s Senior Chamber Choir is in full rehearsals ahead of its trip to the Royal Festival Hall on Monday 12 March for the national final of the Barnardo’s Choral Competition.  

The Choir saw off much stiff competition in the ages 12-18 category and, having made it to the final, they will compete against six other secondary schools; 18 primary schools will also compete with one another on the day in a separate category. They progressed to the national final after submitting recordings of two contrasting pieces to be judged – The Cloths of Heaven (Victor Johnson/Yeats) and an arrangement of Somewhere Only We Know (Keane). 

The boys and girls from Years 10-13 will perform before the judges late afternoon, and then with everyone else in a special evening concert. Each choir will perform one song as well as joining in two massed choir items. 

Conductors Mrs Cathryn Whitmore and Mr Jonathan Ainscough said: “We are delighted to have made it to the final, and the students are thrilled to be performing in such a prestigious venue as the Royal Festival Hall.” 

First and second place will be awarded in each age category. The two winning choirs will be invited to sing in one of the Barnardo’s 2018 Young Supporters Concerts, and Douglas Coombes MBE (Chairman of the judging panel) has offered to write a song for the two winning choirs.

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