Film songs provide theme for school’s annual choir contest

Steynig Grammar School choir competition SUS-160202-093039001
Steynig Grammar School choir competition SUS-160202-093039001

The Church Street Choir Competition took place on Tuesday January 26 at Steyning Grammar Upper School, with students from the Church Street site filling the main school drama hall for this much loved annual event.

This year’s competition was based around the theme ‘Film Songs’ with the following song choices represented in the final; Rio, The Power of Love, Radio Gaga, Livin on a Prayer, Every Breath, Don’t you want me and Don’t you (forget about me).

The tutor group 7CMK, with the support of their tutor science teacher Charlotte Kendrick were chosen as this year’s winners with their rendition of ‘Livin on a Prayer’.

Jo Clear Assistant Headteacher at Church Street said: “This was a wonderful community event where over 300 students get to perform on a stage and in front of a large audience, along with lights and a fantastic live band. How often does that happen?”

The competition was excellent again this year with music teacher Dave Berliner bringing out the best in the groups with some very encouraging conducting. The choirs were all supported by Jon Reeves, Learning Leader for Music and a team of students giving some expert musical accompaniment.

Jo Clear along with Headteacher Nick Wergan, Katie Brownings and four Sixth Formers were this year’s judging panel. In second place were tutor group 7JLB and third place 8YL.

Nick Wergan said: “It takes grit and zest to sing confidently in front of your peers, and we saw these learning characteristics in abundance. The students gave each other great support and we are proud to be a ‘singing’ school.”

This annual competition involved all Year 7 & 8 students who compete as a choir in their tutor groups, with only the top choirs selected to compete in the final. Students made their song choices and began practicing in their music lessons from early September and always really look forward to competing and being apart of this event.

Report and picture contributed by Steyning Grammar School.