The pupils of William Farr Upper Voices Choir are currently in a state of high excitement having been asked to sing in a performance of Jonathan Dove’s There was a Child at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe.
They will be performing with Scunthorpe and District Choral Society, Lincoln Choral Society, Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir and the Lindsey Chamber Orchestra.
Clea Tappin, Head of Music, was approached by opera singer and the conductor of Lincoln Choral Society, Mark Wilde to see if the school choir would be keen to take part in the project, which has been funded by Arts Council England.
“It’s such an amazing opportunity for the children” said Clea, “to be able to sing as a massed choir with a live orchestra and to sing a piece that they would not be able to attempt on their own. I said yes straight away. Jonathan Dove’s music is challenging for singers but also magical and inspiring.”
The choir sing a range of repertoire from more traditional songs to songs from musicals and world music, but this is the first time they have sung anything by Jonathan Dove. As well as There was a Child, the pupils will also be singing movements from Dove’s Seasons and Charms with Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir, a piece for upper voices only.
William Farr choir is made up of pupils from Year 7 right through to Year 13 and is open to all, whatever their ability or level of experience.
The choir have sung at many events, including a concert to raise money for the Lindum Rotary Club, Music for Youth and the Lincolnshire Show. The school has a close relationship with Lincoln Cathedral, with some of the choir being choristers or ex-choristers. The choir performs annually as part of the Police Carol Service and have been lucky enough to sing with the cathedral choir in a performance of St Matthew Passion.
In 2019 the group went on tour to Austria, singing in the famous Mirabel gardens.
The concert is on Saturday 26th November at 7.30pm at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe. Tickets can be purchased from The Baths Hall or ticketmaster.