Choristers of Christ College performing on the National Stage

02 Apr 2012

Music has always been a strong feature of life at Christ College. A recent visit by the Good Schools Guide to the school prompted the reviewer to write: ‘On the culture front, music is top-notch, with eight choirs (eight, for heavens’ sake), and the singing in chapel has to be heard to be believed!’

Underpinning the current choral strength at Christ College is a core of choristers who are performing on a national stage. The school has three choristers who are currently singing with national choirs: Megan Gee and Holly Taylor are both established members of the National Children’s Senior Choir, and have sung with the junior choir for six years, while Issy Bridgeman has recently won a place into the prestigious National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

It is not just girls who are making an outstanding contribution to singing at Christ College however; Richard James (tenor), who recently won this year’s Christ College Musician of the Year competition, has been offered a place at Birmingham Conservatoire for the next academic year.

Director of Music Richard West is understandably delighted with the singers’ achievements, who all sing in both the Chapel Choir and Chamber Choir. He said: “To have three singers performing in national choirs and another who has the opportunity to study for a singing performance degree at Birmingham Conservatoire is a testament to their hard work and dedication. Places in the National Choirs are by audition and the girls have done so well to gain their places. We are also very proud that all four singers make such a significant and positive contribution to the musical life of Christ College.”

Issy, Megan and Holly will be performing with their respective choirs over the school holidays, and all four singers will be contributing to the Christ College Gala Concert in the Brangwyn Hall on 28th April, which will involve around 200 pupils performing from the school.