200 singers team up for choral fundraiser

Cotswold Journal: Composer Bob Chilcott conducting the choir. Picture by John Bellars. Composer Bob Chilcott conducting the choir. Picture by John Bellars.

MORE than 200 people joined in harmony with composer Bob Chilcott in a choral workshop to raise money for a Moreton primary school.

The composer, who was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC’s acclaimed BBC Singers in 2002, ran a “Come and Sing” event on Saturday in St David’s Church.

His wife Kate organised the event on behalf of the Dormer House School’s White Roses Appeal, which was launched in March to raise £100,000 to extend the teaching facilities following the acquisition of adjoining premises.

“The support has been incredible," said Mrs Chilcott. "We have raised over £4,000 for the school’s appeal, which has exceeded my expectations.

"We are very grateful to our sponsors Knight Frank who supported the marketing of the event, which made a huge difference.”

Many local people who had never sung before shared the day with members of amateur and community choirs from across the country, as well as a couple from the Netherlands and students from the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The choir was led through “Five Days That Changed the World”, which was premiered at the Worcester International Festival for Singers last July.

Their workshop was followed by a performance which included children from Dormer House School.

Mr Chilcott, who is a parent at the school, said: "I've been fortunate to do days such as this all over the world but nothing has been as special as this singing day in Moreton.

"To see friends, family, parents and the children who made up the choir from Dormer House singing their hearts out is something that Kate and I, and I suspect many others, will never forget."

Headteacher Claire May added: “It was such an amazing opportunity for them and it brought a tear to many an eye”.

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