On Monday 11th February, the Swanlea Choir took part in the Stratford and East London Music Festival, an annual competition for all musicians in South Woodford.
The choir were entered for two categories, Youth Choir-Open and Youth Choir-Theatre. In the Open class they performed in Latin, “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck and “Colours of the Wind” from Pocahontas by Alan Menken. After giving a most musical and confident performance they were awarded second place behind reigning champions, Modality, a superb choir who performed “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins and “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman with slick choreography!
In the Theatre class Swanlea relaxed a little and showed off their fun side with “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Seasons of Love” from Rent, bringing home the trophy for first prize!
The adjudicator gave his very fair and helpful comments on both performances. He made positive references to their gentle choral tone and offered advice on how to achieve a better balance between all voices in the group. Something to develop for next year!
For some, this was their first competition, although for Maya Khan of 9C this was her third year of competing with Swanlea! When asked what she liked best about singing in the choir, Maya said
“Singing really relaxes me and I love it when we sing in two and three part harmonies as it just sounds so good!”
We’d love more students to be involved, especially the boys! Swanlea, if you like singing then head to M5 after school on Tuesdays and see what’s happening. You will be very welcome!
Well done to all who took part this year. We are very proud of you.
1st Sopranos: Harriet Nodder, Halima Begum, Saima Ahmed, Mariam Ali, Ana Maria Loladze, Silvia Zakir, Kezia Stanley, Cerian Bright,
2nd Sopranos: Anjuma Anbia, Maya Khan, Naima Anbia, Aamna Malik, Maisha Azizur, Daania Iqbal, Isra Alam, Aaliyah Khan
3rd/Altos: Adi Khan, Ameer Alyas