☰ Success at the North London Music Festival

Success at the North London Music Festival

Posted on: May 4th 2018

Success at the North London Music Festival

On Friday 23rd March, Senior Choir made the journey to Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church to compete in the North London Music Festival's Choir Competition.

We had worked hard on our pieces and had all sacrificed some early Monday mornings for extra rehearsals. The children studied in great detail, singing in three part harmony with some beautiful nuances to their vocals. I wanted to give them an experience where their ambition and hard work would pay off, but listening to the other choirs at the event, our competitors were so polished and precise.

Then Norfolk House took to the stage and I could see the determination in their eyes. When they started singing they took even me by surprise. There was so much spirit and character there and it was impossible not to be moved by 40 children singing not just with their mouths and lungs but with their hearts too.

Before the final result, the adjudicator came over and told me how much he had enjoyed our performance. He liked the unusual selection of pieces and said he was taken aback by the choir's beautiful singing. When I told him the choir was non-selective he was very surprised. Inclusion is hugely important to both me and Norfolk House and this was a special moment.

We won first prize in our section and also the festival sponsor's cash prize for the most outstanding choir of the evening, which meant we had competed against 18 year olds and still held our own. The choir have won four large, comfy bean bags to make the music room an even more welcoming place.

This was our third year taking part in the festival. The first year we didn't win anything, the second we were awarded silver and this year, first place. The sense of progression is hugely satisfying as it gives our choristers the clear message that their hard work, resilience, determination and teamwork have had tremendous results.

Well done, Senior Choir, I couldn't be more proud of you!

Sara Regan (Head of Music)

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