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National Youth Choir success



Many congratulations to Canfordian Grace Hewett who has successfully auditioned for the senior National Youth Training Choir, the leading national choir for 16-18 year olds.  Grace continues Canford’s tradition of excellence in Music and in gaining highly sought after places in National groups and ensembles.  Current Sixth Former Sam Hopkins has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra for the past four years, performing at venues across the country on the double bass, while among former pupils Giselle Dugdale was chosen to perform at the prestigious First Night of the Proms as a member the Proms Youth Choir in 2017 and clarinettist Bea Fairbairn has previously taken part in concerts led by Rodney Winther as part of the National Youth Wind Orchestra.  Separately, the department is also celebrating two Oxbridge offers announced last week, with an unconditional place and organ scholarship to Robinson College, Cambridge for OC James Hendy, and a conditional offer to Pembroke College, Oxford for Sam Hopkins, and Chloe Gadd has also been successful in gaining a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire to study Singing this year

The application process for the National Youth Training Choir comprised an online form followed by an audition in Cardiff involving accompanied and unaccompanied pieces and sight reading tests.  Being a member of the choir will include the opportunity for two residential courses a year full of music, learning opportunities and social activities alongside 100-150 singers of the same age. Grace is very excited about starting work with the choir:

“I was very keen to be part of the National Youth Training Choir as I believe it is one of the top junior choirs in the UK.   I have always enjoyed singing and started lessons in Year 3 while also being a member of the Beaminster Church Choir and Beaminster Singers near my home.  I have continued to develop my singing at Canford through lessons and membership of the school choirs, both of which have boosted my confidence in performing.  I would very much like to continue progressing through the choirs and hopefully one day make it into the National Youth Chamber Choir, which takes the senior ranking National Youth Choir members alongside eight NYC fellowship holders. Aside from this I am considering studying Music at university.  It will be very exciting to see where this leads me!”

Christopher Sparkhall, Director of Music, commented:

“I am delighted for Grace.  She has been a key member of various Canford choirs throughout her time at the school and to gain recognition for her singing on a national platform is a fine achievement.   I wish her and all our current and former pupils pursuing excellence in Music every success.”