Crescent School Choir Help GCSE And A-level Pupils ‘Discover the Classics’
Coventry Cathedral’s fabulous “Discover the Classics” event made a welcome return on Saturday 28 January. Back for its third successive year, the concert, designed specifically for GCSE and A-level music students to experience live performances of their set works, featured Crescent’s very own School Choir.
In celebration of the third instalment of the concert, Coventry’s Saint Michael’s Singers and the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra welcomed children from across the region to perform as a massed choir and play alongside their experienced orchestral musicians under the direction of BBC conductor Paul Leddington Wright. Working in partnership with secondary and primary school music teachers, the concert was packed full of ClassicFM favourites and more modern repertoire. The idea of hearing live performances of the works that students are studying would bring a new and exciting dimension to their understanding of music.
Coventry’s Saint Michael’s Singers and the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra performed works by Bach, Rossini, Bizet, Mussorgsky, Mozart, John Adams, and the Beatles. The children’s choir, made up of pupils from Coventry, Leamington and Nuneaton as well as from Crescent School, sang an arrangement of Lennon and McCartney’s “With a little help from my friends” and “A whole new world” from Disney’s “Aladdin”.
The concert ended with all performers and the audience participating in a medley from “The Sound of Music” with soloist Nadine Benjamin. Mrs Julie Barnes, Director of Music at Crescent School, said “It was a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to experience singing in the Cathedral with a choir and orchestra. We were very proud of their beautiful singing and their exemplary behaviour”.