We were incredibly proud of the year 5 and 6 girls in Rowan Singers Choir, who came together with pupils from other United Learning Schools to sing Wassail! at Southwark Cathedral on Monday 27 November.
The girls had been very busy this term, learning many songs such as ‘Drive the cold winter away’, and ‘Gabriel’s Message’, and they also attended a workshop at school given by two members of the British vocal ensemble ‘Apollo5’ in preparation for the massed choral event. On the day they rehearsed in the splendid Southwark Cathedral and performed to parents and friends together with over 600 students and the impressive ‘Call Me Al’ Quintet.
The work was a new composition by Alexander L’Estrange and was commissioned to inspire collaboration, musical excellence and joy through choral singing. The final performance, conducted by Alexander, took the audience through a rich tapestry of carols, varying from Latin songs, a haunting new carol ‘Spring will come again’, through folk dances from Cornwall and popular favourites such as ‘I saw three ships’ and ‘While Shepherds watched’. The composer’s enthusiasm and drive was very contagious and resulted in a thoroughly entertaining, engaging and inspirational seasonal evening.
The project has recently been shortlisted in the Best Classical Music Education initiative category at the Music Teacher Awards 2018 sponsored by Classic FM. The winner will be chosen by public vote on www.classicfm.com, so fingers crossed, and please do vote!