On Saturday 25th March the Norland choir will be returning for the second consecutive year to perform at the prestigious Guildhall, Bath as part of the Mid-Somerset Festival. This marks the fourth choir performance of the 2016-17 academic year.
|Norland Choir performing at Set 37's graduation ceremony |
in November 2016
Founded in 1902, The Mid-Somerset Festival is one of the oldest festivals in the country. For a full fortnight each March, the Mid-Somerset Festival hosts classes in Creative Writing, Speech & Drama, Music and Musical Theatre. To conclude the two-week festival, a concert is held to celebrate some of the best performances in each discipline.
At Norland Choir’s debut appearance at last year’s festival, they performed two contrasting pieces; ‘Love Call Me Home’, Peggy Seeger and ‘Like a Singing Bird’, Bob Chilcott, they achieved a distinction and finished in second place. Norland Choir will be competing in the Adult Ladies’ category against seven other choirs on Saturday 25th with an ambition to improve on last year’s performance.
Under the stewardship of Choir Leader Grenville Jones, the Norland choir has evolved considerably over the past nine years, nevertheless, the choir ethos still remains that all are welcome and auditions are not held; all that is required is a love of singing and a commitment to rehearsals.
Elizabeth Kerry, Events Manager and Norland Diploma Lecturer commented “We are thrilled to be attending the Mid-Somerset Festival for the second year running. The choir has continued to flourish following the new additions from Set 40 students who joined us in September.”
In addition to this performance, the Norland Choir will be performing on 18th March at St Swithin’s Church for the Goldies charity. Founded in 2008, The Goldies charity aims to reach the lives of hundreds of elderly isolated people across England and Wales. “Singing can provide a dose of escapism, it is a wonderful way to unite members of the community and bring joy and friendship to people’s lives; singing should be on prescription,” says founder Grenville Jones.
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