On Monday 5th December, we were delighted to present the very first public performance of the Major Minors Children’s Choir, a combined primary schools’ choir that was created in September as a community initiative of St Margaret's and St Mary's.
The Christmas Concert programme featured a wonderful mix of songs ranging from pop, musicals, modern choral, traditional and festive pieces, alongside Christmas poems read out by the children.
Parents, friends and siblings then all joined in to sing two carols, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Jingle Bells, finishing the concert in a very Christmassy joyful way!
Musical Director of the Major Minors Children’s Choir, Mrs Bethan Dudley Fryar said:
‘I was utterly delighted with the newly formed Major Minors Children Choir’s inaugural concert in the Southwell Hall at St Margaret’s Prep. Over the weeks, the choir has grown into a strong vocal ensemble with attention to detail and fun in each song they have learnt.
I have been amazed that Major Minors have loved every song I have given to them and their concert reflected a lot of hard work, memorising words and projecting their voices with joy!
The concert included modern British composers, church anthems, film music and even Harry Styles! I now look forward to planning the Spring Concert in March and working with these fabulous young voices and personalities once more.’
As St Margaret’s Prep hosted the performance, Mr Luke Bromwich, Headmaster, opened and closed the concert with welcoming words of warmth, inspiration and congratulations. He remarked that the choir embodied the attitude he tried to instil in his students of ‘having a go, getting stuck in and learning from your mistakes. After all, music is a journey, not just a performance.’
The Major Minors Children’s Choir is open to girls and boys in Years 3 to 6 at local primary schools who share a love of singing. The choir rehearses every Monday at St Mary’s and work on a range of songs, across different music genres, with the aim of presenting an end-of-term performance each term. As the choir grows and develops, it is hoped they will perform at school and community events.