weekend of concerts for school choirs from across the country has been branded
a huge success.
of Woodard Weekend was held in Shropshire for the first time earlier this month
(OCT, 6-8) and organisers said it was hugely beneficial for all involved. The event
saw 120 students from six different schools in the Woodard Corporation team up
at Ellesmere College and put on two performances. Tony Coupe,
Director of Music at Ellesmere College, said: "As soon as we started our
rehearsals, the new choir found their feet quickly, they produced some
wonderful sounds and showed great team skills.
"Our aim was
to immerse students in the music associated with the services of Evensong and
Eucharist, allow them to build on their vocal skills and have the opportunity
to get to know one another. "We took on
a number of challenges over the weekend, learning and performing a number of
pieces in a short period of time, but each and every person involved rose to
the challenge and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. "The staff
and students were unanimous in their enjoyment of the weekend which is both a
testament to the way in which Ellesmere College students and staff welcomed the
visiting schools and the resilience and responsive approach from our guests. A huge
thank you to the parents for their support in helping the students to attend
and in joining us for the services.
from Sir Robert Woodard Academy in West Sussex, Worksop College in
Nottinghamshire, Crompton House C of E School in Oldham, Queen Mary's School in
North Yorkshire and The Peterborough School joined together to form a new choir
and perform at Shrewsbury Abbey and St Oswald's Chapel at Ellesmere College.
The choir sang music
including Mozart Ave Verum,
The Heavens are Telling, Hail Holy Queen from Sister Act and the Stanford in
at Shrewsbury Abbey featured readings by Ellesmere College Headmaster Brendan
Wignall and the High Sheriff of Shropshire, Mandy Thorn. The sermon was
delivered by Ellesmere College Chaplain Phillip Gration and the service at St
Oswald's Chapel was led by the Senior Provost, Justin White.
also experienced a barbecue and ceilidh at The Quinta, Gobowen. "We were
aiming for an educational and engaging weekend, and it was exactly that. It was such a huge
success that we hope that Voices of Woodard will mark the start of an increased
musical collaboration with other schools in the Woodard group."
There are 37 Woodard
schools across the UK and Sri Lanka and Kenya. They are a combination of
academies, independent and state-maintained schools.
The Woodard Corporation
is a charity which aims to provide
high quality education in an actively Christian school environment for all.
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