Aldershot News & Mail
Schools band together for end-of-term summer spectacular
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.