Churchill Music!UK Registered Charity No 1121866
Patron: Peter Donohoe CBE

Posted on Tuesday 26 August

Face to face with a world renowned choir leader, taking part - it’s a pretty special feeling!

How many times have you been in the thrall of someone who is a world leader in their field? I'm not talking about hearing them on the radio, seeing them on the TV or reading about them in the newspapers, but about being right there, face to face, taking part. It's a pretty special feeling, as the 300 singers and audience at Churchill Music's Songs on a Summer Afternoon will tell you.

Mike Brewer OBE, director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, is the founding father of the youth choir movement worldwide and brought his special magic to singers in Churchill during a weekend of workshops that culminated in a choral celebration in the gardens of Churchill Court. Singers from Churchill Primary School Choir, Churchill Community School Junior Gospel Choir and Chamber Choir, The Trinity Singers, and Laudibus - the National Youth Chamber Choir - were privileged to work with Mike thanks to Churchill Music's usual blend of innovation, excellence and enthusiasm. Though Laudibus took the stage for the most part with a ravishing programme ranging from madrigals to evocative new works, each choir showcased their own talents before coming together in Worldsong - a ‘wow-factor’ work written by Mike that takes the audience on a world tour from the jungles of Africa to the rich perfumes of India, and on to the sun-drenched coast of Mexico via a brief stop in Europe on the way.

The 280+ audience were spellbound in the bright sunshine, served with a traditional strawberry tea with delicious cakes in interval yet alert to the brilliance of what is going on right here in Churchill. The South West has a rare commodity in Churchill Music! - an organisation that has formed special relationships with local school and internationally renowned musicians alike and is bringing the community together through music. I look forward with certainty and enthusiasm to more events like this that are putting the South West on the map musically, educationally, and culturally, and celebrating their successful leadership of our cultural future.

Gareth Jones

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