Young voices raised the roof of the Chapel at Christ’s Hospital during a Choral Workshop on 7 March.
Under the baton of David Lawrence, Associate Director of the City of Birmingham Chorus and Director of Young Voices, 240 children aged 9 and 10 had the opportunity to learn, rehearse and then perform a repertoire in just one day – Rebecca Lawrence, Power in me and Buddy Boogie; Arr. Craig McLeish, Brother James’ Air; Cry Freedom/Amandla; Britten Old Abram Brown and James Redwood Four Corners.
Andrew Cleary, Director of Music at CH said: “The idea was to bring together choirs from local schools to sing and have a fun day together. We regularly run music workshops but this is the first time we have brought together so many young voices from a wide range of schools who would not normally have the experience of singing as one choir. Thanks to David Lawrence, it was a resounding success and one we hope to repeat in the future.”
Steyning Primary School said: “Our children greatly enjoyed the whole day. They loved working with David Lawrence and the choice of songs. We were amazed at how well every child coped with learning so many new words.”
David Lawrence has conducted the Young Voices concerts series for 11 years. He works regularly with orchestras, symphony choruses and national youth choirs in the UK and across the globe.
Report contributed by Christ’s Hospital. Picture by Toby Phillips.