Aug 9 2012 by David Baker, Harrow Observer
SCHOOL choirs from across the borough were given the unique chance to perform at The Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC’s Proms.
More than 100 Harrow children sang in the premiere of choral work, The Angry Planet, by Bob Chilcott, at the classical music festival last Sunday.
The BBC Singers have been leading a singing programme called Go Sing! with Harrow primary and high school choirs for the last two years and those involved were Canon Lane Junior School in Pinner, Canons High School in Edgware, Earlsmead Primary School in Harrow, Hatch End High School, Heathland School in Harrow, Marlborough Primary School in Harrow, Park High School in Stanmore, Priestmead Primary School in Harrow, and St John Fisher RC Primary School in Pinner.
For Canons High School, the choir ably mentored by choral director Wayne Clarke, topped off an exciting summer music programme that saw them contribute the largest number of children’s voices for the Olympic Prom’s.
Running up to the event a summer music camp was conducted for two weeks by Australian Pop Idol winner, Natalie Gauci at the school and led by music teacher and former graduate of Canons High, Stephanie Ford.
Incoming year seven students were treated to special band building sessions as well as DJ’ing and music technology lessons and head of the music department Ian Patterson, said: “The students had a unique opportunity to work with an artist of the highest order, learning to write, perform and produce their songs in the school’s professionally equipped recording studio.”
Sue McCall, deputy manager at Harrow Music Service, which brought all the schools together added: “When it came to the children’s singing, their voices rang our true and clear and they did themselves, their schools and Harrow proud.
“Afterwards the children were glowing – ‘awesome... brilliant... and I can’t believe I just did that...’ – were some of the comments.
“I fully expect some of these young people to pursue singing as a lifelong passion – perhaps even as a career – and this will have been one of the experiences that leads them on that path, thanks to the Go Sing! project and the wonderful BBC Singers mentoring of the teachers and children involved.”
n You can listen to the concert on BBC iPlayer Radio 3 Prom 30 The Angry Planet.