Church High choir performs at star-studded charity concert

12 Dec 2012

Church High’s Senior School Choir is celebrating after becoming the only school choir to perform at last night’s star-studded candlelit Christmas concert at the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas in Newcastle.

The 20 strong choir, which is made up of girls aged between 11 and 18, performed a range of music, including classics such as ‘Away in a Manger’ and a fun rendition of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ at the concert, held in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

During the evening occasion, which was produced by Lindisfarne’s Ray Laidlaw, they joined a host of well-known celebrities taking part in the concert, including Tim Healy, Charlie Hardwick, world famous tenor Ian Storey and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner, Jai McDowall, to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

Church High’s Director of Music, Phil Noble, has been working with the girls since September, to prepare them for their performance with the stars. He said: “It was a great achievement for the girls to be selected as the only school choir to take part in such a prestigious event which was a huge success, raising lots of money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“Music plays such an important part in life at Church High and we are very proud of all the girls have achieved, regularly performing at school events and concerts around the region. The Christmas concert at the Cathedral has been the highlight in what has been a fantastic year for our choir and the girls were so excited to perform amongst the stars at the event!”

Phoebe Elliott, 17, from Gosforth, has been a member of the choir since she started at Church High School and recalls some memorable occasions throughout the years:

“As a member of the Senior School Choir at Church High, I have been lucky enough to perform around the world on choir tours from Barcelona to Prague.
Performing at the Christmas concert last night was one of the best moments – I was so excited, as well as a little nervous, to perform alongside some of the country’s best known celebrities.

“We have all been working extremely hard in preparation for the event and it was great to get the chance to showcase what we have been rehearsing throughout the term. The event was for a great cause, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and it really helped to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.”

Church High will also be fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust at its own Senior Christmas Carol Service, to be held at 5pm on Monday 10 December at St George’s Church in Jesmond, with all donations collected going to the charity and everyone is welcome to attend the Service. 

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Photo: Church High girls enjoyed a successful performance at last night’s candlelit concert, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust