40 members of Truro School’s Chamber Choir will be performing on BBC One’s Choir of the Year competition this Sunday at 4.15pm.
Upon receiving the news that that school had qualified for one of the six semi-finalist positions, all involved with the Chamber Choir were delighted, but none more so than the Choir’s conductor Christopher Gray, Director of Music at Truro Cathedral.
Mr Gray said:
“Getting through the audition process to the semi-final of this prestigious competition is a terrific tribute to the talent and hard work of the amazing young singers we are fortunate to have in our chamber choir at the moment. The depth of musicianship in all voice parts is extraordinary and it feels like we’re doing something very special each time we perform.”
Presented by Aled Jones, the semi-final episode of the BBC’s Choir of the Year competition will be aired on BBC One on Sunday 10 April when Truro School’s performance of the hymn Praise, My Soul, The King of Heaven will be aired.
The results embargo means that Truro School are unable to reveal whether or not they performed in the final (to be aired on Sunday 24 April) where they planned to sing Stopford’s Episcopal Jubilate.
Martin Palmer, Director of Music at Truro School, said:
“Our Chamber Choir is in the middle of an exciting year of varied concerts and services, the highlights so far have been singing Evensongs at Truro and Exeter Cathedrals. We are really looking forward to the weekend in Sheffield and the challenge of singing in front of cameras.”
A Music Department on the Rise
With spotlights shining brightly and TV cameras panning, Truro School’s first-ever qualification into the BBC’s Choir of the Year Competition represents another accolade in the school music department’s 12 years of rapid development since Mr Palmer joined the school in 2004.
Recent years have seen the culmination of a decade’s worth of hard work bear significant fruit with a deluge of awards, achievements and recognitions showering the school. The end of 2014 saw the school gain national coverage following the launch of their Girl Chorister partnership with Truro Cathedral and also for providing a home to the county’s newly formed Cornwall Music Service Trust.
In June 2015, Truro Prep School’s Chamber Choir were awarded best performance on the national stage in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
More recently, the 2015/16 school year began in style with the news that five students had passed their diploma (DipABRSM) examinations, a post grade 8 qualification intended for university or music college students.
At the time, the five students joined Eleanor Sullivan, oboist and singer, who had previously been awarded her DipABRSM. Eleanor has since been given the role of Principal Oboist in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Following their string of accolades in recent years, staff and pupils involved with the Truro School music department now look ahead to their time in the national spotlight this Sunday.