Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Pupils Sing Out Loud to Celebrate Britten 100 at St George’s College

Choirs singing for Benjamin Britten's centenary
Recently St George’s College, Weybridge, welcomed over 160 primary school children from 7 local schools to celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centenary. The event took place on Britten’s birthday itself and repertoire included Friday Afternoons, a song cycle dedicated to the composer’s brother, who was Headmaster at a school whose choir rehearsed on Friday afternoon each week.

Under the direction of Tansy Castledine, Director of Music, the day began with some singing warm-ups in Chapel before groups dispersed to rehearse the music being performed in the concert. In the evening concert all the groups joined forces to create a vast choir. The audience even had an opportunity to join in with one of the songs from Jenny Gould’s Songs of Imaginings which took its influence from Friday Afternoons.

John Mann, Head of Strings, said of the event: “The children performed superbly, each group having an opportunity to take the spotlight and perform a song from Britten’s cycle on their own. At the end of the event, audience and performers alike left in high spirits, having gained much enjoyment from the experience”.

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