Triumph at the Reigate and Redhill Festival
The strength of music at RSM was displayed once again this week when on Tuesday morning the Junior Choir made their way to Reigate Park Church as the first of our choirs to perform in the Reigate and Redhill Music Festival. The sun was shining brightly and there was excitement in the air, as the children in Years 1 and 2 made their way onto the stage to perform ‘I Am The Earth’ and ‘Kumbayah’.
The children performed brilliantly and it was a pleasure to watch them sing. All of the staff who attended were extremely proud of them and thought that they represented RSM really well. Congratulations to the Junior Choir and Mrs Whitehead for being awarded a certificate of ‘Honours’. Thank you also to parents for their support on the day. The children thoroughly enjoyed seeing lots of familiar faces in the audience.
Later in the day, the Year 5/6 Choir also took part in the Festival and won their classes, both with a class leading ‘outstanding’ from the adjudicator, Sarah Jeffries, taking home cups for the second consecutive year.
They sang a beautiful piece, ‘My Heart is like a Singing Bird’ (by Bob Chilcott) and a South African chant ‘Shosholza’, complete with stamps and claps! They clearly enjoyed themselves and the audience loved their lively performance. Mrs Glynne-Jones was really proud of them all for giving such a generous and confident performance.
Then the RGS Godfrey Searle Choristers sang ‘For the beauty of the earth’ (John Rutter) and ‘This little babe’ from ‘A ceremony of carols’, a complex piece in three parts by Benjamin Britten. A departure from the weekly routine of singing Anglican choral music at evensong, the Choristers pulled out the stops and performed with exciting, theatrical stage presence and gained the praise of all who were there to enjoy their singing — it really was outstanding