Cross-Border Youth Choir – ‘The Great War Symphony’

Congratulations to Grosvenor chorister Chlöe Hunter-Rea, Year Fourteen, who has recently played a prominent role as a member of the newly-established 'Cross-Border Youth Choir'.

The 'Cross-Border Youth Choir' consists of members both of the 'Belfast Philharmonic Youth Chamber Choir' and 'Dublin Youth Chamber Choir', under the leadership of its Director Lynsey Callaghan, and was formed in May 2017, for a workshop with the BBC Singers, after the Philharmonic Youth Chamber Choir was selected for development.

In October 2017 the Choir made its debut performance at the City of Derry International Choir Festival 2017, placing second in the ‘Youth Choir’ category, before returning to the festival in October 2018 and claiming first place in the ‘National Youth Choir’ category.

In May 2018, meanwhile, the Cross Border Youth Choir was approached by renowned composer Patrick Hawes, who requested that they be a satellite choir for ‘The Great War Symphony’, a work he was composing for premiere in October 2018. The Choir worked on a section of the piece, from Movement Three, entitled ‘The Dead Soldier’. The piece sees ‘The Dead Soldier’ poem, by Sydney Oswald, put to music, with members of the Cross-Border Choir travelling to Dublin to record their piece in July 2018.

On 9th October 2018 the work, in its entirety, was premiered in the Royal Albert Hall to a sold out audience. The choir appeared via satellite while some members were present in the hall for the World Premiere. The Choir then went on to participate in the USA premiere, at the Carnegie Hall and Northrop Memorial Auditorium, Minnesota on 11th November 2018.

Well done to Chloe on her participation in this most impressive endeavour, which is testament to her outstanding choral skills, as well as her dedication and commitment. As a heavily involved member of Grosvenor's own choral intitatives, we hope to see her display her talent at upcoming highlights of the School's musical calendar, such as the Annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in December, as well as the Spring Concert/ Musical Evening in March.

Grosvenor pupil Chloe Hunter-Rea, Year Fourteen, who has excelled as a member of the newly-established 'Cross Border Youth Choir' in recent months.