Sedbergh Chamber Choir Shines in Barnardo’s ‘Choir of the Year’ Competition

From an initial entry list of around 350 to 400 schools, Sedbergh’s Chamber Choir has triumphantly claimed a spot in the final seven of the prestigious Barnardo’s ‘Choir of the Year’ competition, the largest youth choir competition in the UK. The choir will travel to Birmingham in March for the finals, where they will experience the incredible opportunity to sing in the magnificent Symphony Hall. Looking ahead and crossing our fingers, should they win, they are given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Chamber Choir, which includes 40 pupils from the School’s Chapel Choir, doesn’t only include stars like talented singer Joe. John Seymour, Director of Creative Arts, is proud to explain, “It’s not an auditioned choir. All singers are welcome, we just need to see a sprit of genuine enthusiasm, a promising voice and a desire to perform at a highest level’

The School’s regular calendar of events, including the Carol Service in December, has given pupils many wonderful opportunities to sing in our wonderful Chapel and prepare for big perfomnace occasions like this.

For the first rounds, we submitted two recordings of choral pieces. One was a Christmas Carol and the other one was a setting of the psalm, I Will Lift Up My Eyes Into the Hills, which was a piece of music that I set when we went on tour to America. The idea was take the hills with us when we were going to the high rise buildings of Manhattan.

John Seymour,

Sedbergh’s Chamber Choir’s remarkable journey to the final seven of the Barnardo’s ‘Choir of the Year’ competition is a testament to the whole School’s dedication and passion for music. Led by John Seymour, the Choir’s inclusive approach emphasises commitment over auditioned talent, fostering growth and unity among our pupils. With numerous performances and practices under their belt, the choir is poised for success. As they prepare to share their talent in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, the prospect of performing in the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London beckons, promising a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shine on a prestigious stage.

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