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Royal Albert Hall concert date for young Fowey singers

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 20, 2013

  • CHOIR PERFORMERS: From left, teacher Nicky Giles with Hannah Abbiss, Lydia Virr, Tean Netherton and Maisie White.

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A GROUP of singers from Fowey Community College will be performing at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall next month.

Hannah Abbiss, Lydia Virr, Tean Netherton and Maisie White were delighted after being selected to be part of the newly formed Cornwall Girls' Choir and are now preparing for their first performance at the London concert hall.

Nicky Giles, the girls' music teacher at Fowey Community College, said: "It is fantastic that Cornwall now has a county youth girls' choir. This gives young people from all over the county the opportunity to sing together, have fun, and to perform at a high level."

The girls will sing at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday, November 13 in the Schools' Prom Concert, which brings together young people from all over the UK.

They practise with the choir once a month in local rehearsal groups with young girls from across the county.

Lydia, who plays piano and sings, said she loved being part of the choir.

"I like meeting new people and I love singing lots of different songs and trying new things," the 13-year-old said.

Hannah, 12, said: "My singing has definitely improved."

The new county choirs' programme is supported by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Angela Renshaw, Cornwall Education Music Hub vocal strategy lead, said: "We are absolutely delighted and encouraged by the high quality of singing that we have discovered in our young students.

"Cornwall Girls' Choir is a brand new choir for girls in academic Year 5 through to Year 10 who are selected by a short audition process through recommendation of their own schools." She said they were now seeking youngsters to form a younger county choir.

She added: "We now have county choir opportunities for children from the age of 6 to 15, with further developments intended in early 2014 for the 15-plus students."

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Cornwall County Choirs can contact Lauren Stephens on lstephens@musiccornwall.org

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