Vocal Group leaves adjudicators wanting more at Festival of Music for Youth
07 February 2020 | Darren Smith
On Saturday 30th March, the Stokesley School Vocal Group were lucky enough to be invited to perform at the Regional Festival of Music for Youth in Harrogate. A long-running organisation, this event is an annual competition where a wide variety of musical ensembles come together to compete to perform at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
The Vocal Group, ran by Mrs Kent, was started in September and is made up of 30 students from Years 7-10. Although a new group, they certainly did not show this as the adjudicators commented on their ‘exciting’ harmonies and ‘energetic’ performance. They sang two contrasting pieces – Dear Theodosia, from Hamilton, and Empire State of Mind, by Alicia Keys. The performance left the judges wanting more, with the senior judge commenting that he would “love to see the choir in a full show”.
Mrs Kent, Head of Drama, said: “I am so proud of this group. They performed confidently with such passion and enthusiasm. They connected well to the audience and a number of the audience said how fantastic they were. There is such a bright future for this group!”
The choir now have to wait to hear if they get through to the National Round but, either way, this was a hugely-successful performance for these up-and-coming singers.