BBC ‘Songs of Praise Choir of the Year Competition’ 2016

On Thursday 12th November Grosvenor’s Music department welcomed William Thompson from EMS Audio to the School as its Chamber Choir recorded its entry for the prestigious ‘BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year Competition' 2016. 

The Choir’s performance pieces were ‘Amazing Grace’, a traditional hymn arranged specially for GGS by leading contemporary composer Will Todd, and the inspirational choral piece 'This is the Day', arranged by Stephen Doughty, Musical Director of the Belfast Philharmonic Choir.

As always the professionalism of Mr Thompson, himself a former choral scholar of King's College Cambridge, in recording the CD was much appreciated. Much credit also goes to Head of Music Mrs Rosemary Foster who conducted throughout, as well as Mr Jonathan Arnold for this professionalism in accompanying the Choir on the school’s Steinway Grand Piano.

The BBC has contacted the school to acknowledge receipt of its entry for the panel of experts to scrutinize. The School will hear in the new year whether flight tickets are required to Sheffield, for the televised semi-final round of the competition, with everybody hoping that the Chamber Choir can repeat the success of 2014, when it finished as runners-up in the nationwide final of the event.

Grosvenor's Chamber Choir during recordings for this year's entry to the 'BBC School Choir of the Year Competition' 2016.