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July 16th, 2008 - When All Saints went marching in


The All Saints Catholic College Choir, Huddersfield formed  less than one year ago, has just returned from a major international choral competition with a medal! All Saints Catholic College Choir were awarded a bronze medal in the youth choir category of the World Choir Games held in Graz, Austria.


Inspired by the BBC documentary "The Choir", All Saints Catholic College, in conjunction with the OPAL foundation and the Diocese of Leeds, formed a choir from scratch in September 2007. In April 2008, All Saints Choir took first prize in the OPAL Magic of Music competition in the Royal Albert Hall in London - their prize being an all expenses paid trip to Austria this Summer to compete in the World Choir Games.


All Saints Catholic College Choir, numbering 36 male and female singers, competed in the youth choir category against choirs from Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.
The choir sang four pieces: Shto mi e milo - traditional Macedonian, Flying Free - Don Besig, Anima Christi - Russian, Benedictus and Hosanna - Emily Crocker. The choir was conducted by Christopher McElroy (Assistant Director of Music, Diocese of Leeds) and accompanied on the piano by Dr Christopher Johns (Choral Director, Diocese of Leeds.) School music teacher, Catherine Lunn played the flute.



With over 400 choirs from 91 countries, the World Choir Games are the biggest international choral competition in the world. The All Saints Choir competed against choirs who had worked together for many years and who were a great deal older. Mary Nixon, Head Teacher said, "The whole college community is bursting with pride at this success. We took the view that participation was the greatest honour - but to triumph so spectacularly on the world stage is a moment these students and our college will savour for a very long time. We have already taken bookings for the autumn!"



 

In addition to singing themselves, All Saints Choir had many opportunities to explore singing styles and repertoires from other cultures, as well as interact with singers from across the globe!

Choir Director Chris McElroy said: "The choir have performed marvellously: Over the last year they have worked hard together as a team, inspiring each other to further develop their choral singing skills. The bronze medal which they have been awarded is richly deserved!"



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