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The choir was started in 2015 with a view to give children the opportunity to learn a variety of songs and perform in many settings. William Ford’s Choir is building a reputation in excellent concerts, including a Colour Concert during the Summer term.
This year, the children will be learning songs which will be used in the young voices concert on the 18th May 2021. It would be useful if you could provide your child with time to practise these songs on the Young Voices site, using the instructions they have been given.
Due to the current situation, our choir cannot take place together and in one room. Therefore, we have started a Zoom choir. The children love to sing so much that Mr. Burgin could not keep choir from taking place in some way. We hope to record a song for Christmas and still have our dreams on attending the Young Voices Concert celebrating 25 years.
We hope to record the choir, individually, singing two songs which will accompany our Christmas Production on video of a recited poem.
Please find the guide tracks for your child to rehearse below.
- What Christmas means to me Melody (all to learn)
- What Christmas means to me Part 1 (children to choose to learn part 1, 2 or both)
- What Christmas means to me Part 2 (children to choose to learn part 1, 2 or both)
- What Christmas means to me complete (A guide to see how the parts go together)
- Winter Snow (All to learn - I am happy for children to create a harmony if they wish to do so but cannot guarantee it will be used)
Mr Burgin was very proud of the 28 children who performed in the Heathway Shopping Centre for the Christmas Light Switch on on the 23rd November. They sung their hearts our and spread some Christmas Joy.
"It was very fun and boosted my confidence in singing in front of a crowd."
For Christmas, members of the choir visited Queen's Hospital and others visited a local care home. While singing in the Hospital atrium, two buckets were placed in front of the children to raise money for the King George & Queen's Hospitals Charity. In only 30 minutes, the children had raised £178.47 to go towards a present for every child in hospital on Christmas Day.
“It was a good day, singing lots of songs that I enjoyed and people were clapping us.” (Olivia, Year 4: commenting on the hospital performance)
“I felt really joyful because I got to sing in front of lots of people and make them happy.” (Morgan, Year 5: commenting on the care home performance)
On Thursday 31st January, 30 members of the school choir joined the Young Voices Choir of 7776 children in the O2. They sang songs from other cultures and various periods of time. The children were joined by a variety of special guests including Tony Hadley, Sharlene Hector and Urban Strides. Mr Burgin is very proud of their singing and overall behaviour, especially in such a long day, starting at 12:00 and returning home for 22:30!
“I felt excited and scared at first because there were lots of people, but it became an incredible night.” (Doyinsola, Year 6)
32 children of the choir will be attending Young Voices on the 6th February. We are very much excited for this concert and day out!
The Young Voices repertoire is so good, we will be using it with the whole choir. To practise, follow the below link.
Some Useful videos are available in the below playlist.