On the 13th of March 2016, at 7:30 in the morning an excited group of Northaw children and adults set off on a fabulous adventure. Having put in two rehearsals per week since Christmas, thanks to Mrs Page and Trudy, we were ready for our performance at the Royal Albert Hall. We arrived in good time and so did the other 1250 primary school children, senior choir, soloists, dancers and the Hertfordshire Schools’ Symphony Orchestra.
I am extremely proud of the group of children that Trudy and I took with us. They were a credit to the school, showing great enthusiasm, concentration and good manners. Most importantly, they sang their hearts out and we had terrific fun together! Roll on two years’ time and I’ll be ready to do it all again.
I wonder who will come with me then?
"What a wonderful experience for the children and parents alike to be part of. The Royal Albert Hall is such a stunning venue and the children's singing almost took the roof off! All of their enthusiasm was truly inspirational. I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes from beginning to end."
A wonderful Sunday afternoon at the Royal Albert Hall. 3 generations of our family went along to watch our child take part in the Hertfordshire schools choir. It was truly magical and awe inspiring to see so many talented children performing together. A very proud moment and one that I'm sure we will never forget. A big thank you to Mrs Batts and all the other teachers that took part!
Rufus Frowde (Artistic Director and Conductor) sent this message to the participants.
As I headed home on the train after the intense excitement of Sunday, it gave me such joy to see so many smiling faces reliving the experience of our show. I was delighted with our performances in such a thrilling collaboration of the arts.
I was given great musical opportunities in Hertfordshire as a child - memories that endure. It is such a privilege to be able to create those memories for the next generation, supported by such impressive colleagues and teachers. I’m so glad that you were willing to take on the challenges that I threw your way with this programme - I am eternally grateful.
As new projects begin to occupy the space in my mind that was full to bursting with our project, I am filled with warmth and joy when I reflect on the memory of our story telling and music making.
Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.
(The Merchant of Venice, 5.1.63-66)