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Addlestone school choir wins national title

BEAUTIFUL gospel music filled The Barbican in London when the St George's College chamber choir gave an electrifying performance to claim a national title.

Singers from the Weybridge Road school in Addlestone won the senior section in Barnardo's Choir of the Year competition.

They performed for an audience of 2,000 at the world-famous venue in Silk Street, beating five other UK school choirs that had been handpicked to take part in the finals.

The St George's choir sang two gospel songs, All My Trials and Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, to win the competition last Tuesday.

Tansy Castledine, the school's director of music, was full of praise for her victorious students who she said had worked 'incredibly hard'.

She said: "It was such a wonderful experience and an incredible day for the children.

"The opportunity to enjoy the singing from all of the choirs was heart-warming and inspiring, and singing together as a community in support of Barnardo's at the end of the day was really uplifting.

"I am thrilled at the choir's achievements and could not have wished for them to sing any differently on the day; the pupils work incredibly hard at an unrelenting pace throughout term and thoroughly deserve their win."

Following last week's success, the choir will now perform at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday April 23 under the Barnardo's banner.

It has also reached the semi finals of the Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition, which will be aired on BBC1 the previous day.

They will be judged by a panel comprising singer Russell Watson, Suzi Digby and David Grant. Judges on the BBC show have been full of praise for the St George's choir, saying 'with its atmospheric phrasing, well balanced tone and confident ensemble, it is unquestionably a singers' choir'.

To cap an eventful few months the choir will then embark on concert tours of Rome and Belgium, and will launch a CD later in the year

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