Thursday 8th April 2010 by C. Freeman
The Brooke Weston choir is delighted after bringing home its first silverware, a trophy from the Oundle Festival of Music and Drama. The choir performed their contemporary arrangements of 'Use Somebody' by the Kings of Leon and 'Hold On' by Wilson Phillips in the youth choir category. They were given a distinction for their performance, earning an 87 percent mark and the trophy, which was presented by Mr David Patrick.
The following day they travelled to Milton Keynes Theatre to perform in regional heats of the BBC Choir of the Year Award, reprising 'Use Somebody' and performing 'Hallelujah,' both pieces arranged by Mr Duguid. Although not selected for further rounds they gained very positive comments from the judges.
Mr Duguid said: 'The choir sang really well, were impeccably behaved and attracted a lot of positive feedback at both competitions, and we are obviously delighted to have won the trophy at the Oundle event. We perform contemporary pop rather than traditional choral arrangements so sometimes officials struggle to judge our work on its classical merits as it is just so different. The choir make suggestions as to which songs we could perform; we tend to go for popular chart ones and I spend two or three days arranging and embellishing it to suit our strengths. I like the fact that what we do is different, specific to us and stands out from the crowd.'
The choir rehearses every Thursday after school until 18:00 and they regularly take part in showcases, performances and competitions. New members are always welcome so, if you would like to join, then contact Mr Duguid or just turn up. Their next major event will be singing at the Barnardo's 'Believe in Children' concert at the Barbican, London in June.
Mr Duguid added: 'While we take part in these competitions students also have the cultural experience of hearing what other choirs are singing. They have got a really positive attitude about themselves; the community that the choir has built up within itself is excellent, they have set up their own Facebook page, they are really proud of themselves and do recognise the hard work they put in.'