Music Wednesday, January 6th

Young county choir makes itself heard

A county choir is on song to be the best of its kind.

Hereford Cathedral Junior School (HCJS) Chamber Choir heads into the semi-finals of the BBC School Choir of the Year next month.

The youngsters heard of their qualification when they went back to school this week after the Christmas break.

“There was much excitement of course - and we are all looking forward to travelling to Sheffield for the filming of the semi finals in February,” said headmaster Chris Wright.

The choir is on a roll having already been crowned Barnardo's Choir of the Year with its 40 children invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall.

An audience in the thousands heard the choir’s solo piece “Never Let Go Of Your Dream” by Mary Donnelly and George Strid under the direction of HCJS director of music, Rachael Toolan.

In addition, they formed part of a thousand strong massed choir to take part in the Barnardo’s young supporters’ Concert.

Mr Wright said he was “extremely proud” of the children.

“They were absolutely brilliant. They conducted themselves perfectly and they gave an impeccable performance. Singing a solo at the Royal Albert Hall can be daunting at any age but the children took it all in their stride," he said.

“It was a wonderful experience and one that the children will remember for a lifetime. There were an awful lot of proud parents.”

In October the children also sang as part of a special concert for His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent during his visit to the county.


Hereford Cathedral Junior School Chamber Choir performs at the in the Barnardo’s Young Supporters’ Concert.

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