On Sunday 29 April, the Rowan Singers joined a local adult choir, the Canbury Singers, and the South London Military Wives Choir to give a Springtime choral concert at St Luke’s Church in Kingston. Rowan pupils have a long history of performing and regularly entertaining parents and friends, and were particularly delighted to be singing alongside two outstanding choirs from the local community.
The Canbury Singers like to take on a broad spectrum of music from choral classics, through gospel and musicals to choral arrangements of contemporary songs. Our favourites from the afternoon’s performance were the spiritual ‘We Shall Walk Through The Valley’, John Rutter’s ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ and the stunning ‘Cantate Domino’ by Elberdin. Founded in 2007 from a hard core of enthusiastic singers, the choir has grown from 6 to 40 members today and stages concerts throughout the year. They welcome new member enquiries, particularly from tenor and bass parts.
South London Military Wives Choir brings together local spouses and servicewomen to sing and support each other. After the success of the 2011 BBC television programme ‘The Choir’ and the No.1 single ‘Wherever You Are’, a charitable foundation was set up and a worldwide network of over 75 Military Wives Choirs now exists. SLMWC has performed at many exciting events over the years including Epsom Derby Day in front of the Queen, the Royal Albert Hall and abroad, including Gibraltar at the televised Evacuation Memorial Day Concert, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Highlights in their programme were ‘Sing’ by Barlow and Lloyd-Weber, and ‘Stronger Together’ by Kennedy and Malone, since both songs are known very well by our girls!
It was a privilege to be part of such an uplifting event and the Rowan Singers enjoyed performing two of their favourite songs, ‘Medley from the Sound of Music’ and Bob Chilcott’s ‘Like A Singing Bird’ in front of a very appreciative audience. The three choirs came together for a final performance of ‘Rhythm of Life’ by Coleman, a firm favourite, and conducted by the inspirational Musical Director Adam Hope, who brought the whole evening together.