Schools band to­gether for end-of-term sum­mer spec­tac­u­lar

Aldershot News & Mail - - SCHOOLS -

DOZENS of school­child­ren from across Sur­rey Heath raised their singing voices this month dur­ing Colling­wood Col­lege’s sec­ond sum­mer sin­ga­long.

Four schools, in­clud­ing Colling­wood, took part in a spec­tac­u­lar end-of-term sin­ga­long at the school, in Old Dean, on Wed­nes­day July 11.

Pupils from Colling­wood’s near­est­neigh­bour Cord­walles Ju­nior School, led by Lucy Coombs, got the night off to a spec­tac­u­lar start with an allsing­ing, all-danc­ing ren­di­tion of a pop­u­lar Aus­tralian folk song.

Next up was Craw­ley Ridge Ju­nior School, directed and ac­com­pa­nied by Anne Davies, who took to the stage and quickly wowed the au­di­ence with two songs per­formed at the same time in a round. These in­cluded a tra­di­tional cho­ral piece and also a piece of pop­u­lar mu­sic.

They were fol­lowed by stu­dents from Colling­wood, ac­com­pa­nied by Rosemary Ram­skir, who sang a gospel clas­sic, while mov­ing steadily from the back of the hall for­ward to­wards the stage.

Mu­si­cal direc­tor Karen Pugh said that the school’s mu­sic depart­ment took great pride in the fact it has so many male mem­bers in its choir, which is split roughly half and half be­tween boys and girls.

Fi­nally, Maryann Thom­son, mu­si­cal direc­tor at Holy Trin­ity CofE Pri­mary School, in West End, led an elec­tri­fy­ing per­for­mance by the largest choir of the evening. The young­sters first belted out a tra­di­tional Con­golese piece, fol­lowed by var­i­ous pop­u­lar tracks and, fi­nally, a som­bre re­li­gious piece to close out the evening be­fore a hall packed with proud teach­ers and par­ents.

Four schools in Sur­rey Heath re­cently took part in Colling­wood Col­lege’s an­nual sum­mer con­cert.

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