This year the Chamber Choir from Deansfield Primary School in Eltham joined 6 other choirs to compete in the Junior Choir category of the annual Llangollen Choir Competition.
This was the third time the choir have been selected to take part. Previous appearances were in 2014 and 2015. On both these occasions the choir were placed 6th out of 7 choirs – so the children had high hopes of improving this year.
The 31 children in the Chamber Choir rehearsed at least twice a week for months before the competition. In some weeks, they rehearsed every day! Every child showed immense dedication and commitment to preparing for the big day.
So, after many months of intensive rehearsing, the choir set of from Eltham at 6.30 in the morning to travel by train to Llangollen.
When we arrived at 11am we entered a colourful and joyful Eisteddfod site, full of young people from all over the world. We gave a half hour outdoor performance to a very appreciative and large audience, sharing some of our favourite songs, including A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman.
The seven choirs came from England, Wales and the Isle of Man. Each choir sang for 7 minutes. The Deansfield Choir sang ‘Look to this day!’ by Bob Chilcott, a contemporary classical song with words translated from Sanskrit which has the message of living each day to the full. All choirs had to sing a song chosen by the adjudicators: ‘The Lord bless you and keep you’ by John Rutter.
The adjudicators were from Norway, Poland and England, and are internationally respected experts in the field of choral music.
All the children sang with passion and joy, giving a very spirited and exciting interpretation of each song. The adjudicators were impressed with their singing and awarded Deansfield the 3rd prize! You can see their performance at www.llangollen.tv