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July 20th, 2011 - Concert to celebrate Catholic Education in Bradford
Concert to celebrate Catholic Education in Bradford



St George's Hall was packed on Wednesday 13th December to celebrate Catholic Education in Bradford. Organised by the two Catholic Secondary Schools in Bradford, St Bede's Grammar School and St Joseph's Catholic College, the event was a response to the Holy Fathers call during his visit to England for a year of Celebrating Catholic Education.

The concert featured over 350 young singers from the Catholic schools of Bradford, all of whom are members of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing programme. The concert opened with the Bradford Boys' Choir (35 strong, age 8-18) under the direction of Choral Director Justin Doyle singing an exciting arrangement of ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo' alongside the sea shanty Cockles and Muscles.' The Bradford Girls' Choir (45 strong, age 11-18) fresh from their recent performances at the National Festival of Music for Youth and Llangollen Eisteddfod brought the first half to a close with a vibrant performance of ‘The Rhythm of Life.'

The combined choirs of representatives from the catholic primary schools of Bradford and Boys' and Girls' Choirs opened the second half of the concert with a stirring performance of ‘Christus Vincit,' especially chosen to give thanks to the Pope for his guidance and leadership for our church today. The concert concluded with a rendition of Mama Mia sung by the combined choirs of over 350 voices, before the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt. Rev Arthur Roche thanked everyone for coming, and noted what excellence was to be found in the young people of Bradford!



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