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Calling All Choristers!

It’s a brand new year and you may be looking for a fresh start and a new activity; Cokethorpe would like to invite parents to become part of the fun and sociable Choral Society. Each year, a new collection of harmonious singers comes together to rehearse throughout the Lent Term and then perform in front an audience of parents, staff and pupils at the Choral Society Concert on Wednesday 27 April. Last year the society joined the entire First Form, together with the Senior and Junior School Choirs to put on a stunning performance of Alexander L’Estrange’s African inspired musical work, Zimbe!

The society is open to parents, staff and friends of Cokethorpe and no previous musical or singing experience is required, just the desire to be part of something special and have a good time. Each week, our friendly choirmaster Mr Hughes will guide the group through the pieces in preparation for a beautiful concert performance.

This year, the Choral Society will be working on the arrangements of Bob Chilcott, who is a Choral Scholar of King’s College, Cambridge. Chilcott sang and composed music for twelve years with the King’s Singers and his work has been played at the BBC Proms and Westminster Abbey. His collection, Jazz Folk Songs for Choirs contains jazzy arrangements of nine folksongs from around the world, including Scarborough Fair and Waltzing Matilda.

We hope that parents, staff and friends of the School will be able to join us to perform music from this ‘contemporary hero of British Choral Music’. Rehearsals will take place each week and begin on Monday 11 January at 6.30pm in the Corinthian Room.

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