Students from across the David Ross Education Trust perform alongside the Choir of St John’s College

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Members of the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, in conjunction with the David Ross Education Trust, visited Northampton recently to sing with six local choirs drawn from the Northampton area.

The world-renowned boys’ choir first visited Cedar Road Primary School during assembly, where they treated pupils to stunning renditions of John Tavener’s ‘The Lamb’ and The Monkees’ ‘I’m a Believer’.

Following their performance at the primary school, the choir led a boys’ singing workshop for over 100 pupils from six of the Trust’s schools at Northampton’s St Matthew’s Church. Throughout the session, pupils had the opportunity to perform and learn pieces such as Nardone’s ‘I Give to You a New Commandment’, Piers Connor Kennedy’s arrangement of ‘Walking in the Air’, and Parry’s ‘Hear my words, ye people’.

Andrew Nethsingha, Director of Music of St John’s College, Cambridge, said: “It was a great experience for St John’s College Choir to go and sing with lots of young singers in Northampton. What wonderful receptions we had at Cedar Road Primary School and from all the choirs which assembled at St Matthew’s.

“Singing can be such a joyous part of people’s lives, but it is sad that there is less and less provision for singing in most schools. The work of the David Ross Education Trust in promoting music in schools is an excellent initiative. It was a privilege to share our gifts with other sets of children and to try to inspire them to do even more singing in the future. I hope the choirs in the Trust’s schools will go from strength to strength.”


Rebecca Steed, Headteacher at Cedar Road Primary School, commented: “This was an amazing chance for our pupils to perform alongside one of the finest choirs in the world. They all sang with such pride and enthusiasm, and it is already having an impact on the way in which they engage with music at school.”

Simon Toyne, Director of Music at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “This visit has proved inspirational for our pupils; as a result, we have been able to form the first ever boys’ choir within the Trust, at Cedar Road Primary School, as well as inspiring our existing school choirs to greater musical heights.

“The Cedar Road Boys’ Choir will give its first public performance on the main stage of the Royal & Derngate in our Primary Music Festival at the end of March, and the early signs from rehearsals are that it will be something special.”