Cambridge choirs inspire DRET students

Friday, March 31, 2017

As part of special events across the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), academies were delighted to welcome choral students from the world-renowned Choir of King’s College and the celebrated a cappella group Fitz Barbershop.

During a series of workshops held at DRET academies across Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, students had the unique opportunity to sing alongside the two groups.

Students from Skegness Grammar School and Thomas Middlecott Academy worked with the Fitz Barbershop during a series of sessions focusing on singing a cappella.

Many of the students had not sung as part of a group before and enjoyed the challenge of learning new repertoire and developing their performance skills.

During the Choir of King’s College’s visit to Northampton, the students of Malcolm Arnold Academy were the first to participate in a special singing workshop. Over 50 boys were given the opportunity to learn and perform a piece of four-part close harmony with the group.

The following day, the Choir of King’s College presented assemblies at Cedar Road Primary School, Eastfield Academy and Briar Hill Primary School. They were on hand to answer any questions and performed a number of pieces to the students, which culminated in a whole school sing-along led by the choir.

Rupert Scarratt, Manager of the Choir of King’s College, commented: “We loved visiting the schools. The children were so responsive, so enthusiastic and clearly love singing – which makes it a pleasure to work with them.”

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music at DRET, added: “It was so good to see all of our students participating and responding with such energy, enthusiasm and skill. What is so good about this partnership is that the professional groups clearly get as much enjoyment out of visiting our schools as we do in hosting them.”