After months of practising, the pupils joined together at church for a day’s workshop and then evening performance to an audience of hundreds. The whole event was the idea of Joe Cooper, our very talented Musical Director, who then asked The Friends of St Alphege Music to oversee funding the project, with Isabel Baumber organising behind the scenes. We received a generous donation from one of the Cadbury Trusts towards the cost of putting on this large scale production and the funds from ticket sales also went towards paying the orchestra, professional musicians, hiring the music, paying royalties, etc.
For many children this was their first opportunity to perform with professional musicians and a full orchestra in a classical production. It would have been their first taster of classical music and we hope that they will want to join us again in future events and start to reap the benefits of a classical musical education. “It was great to be part of such a big choir, singing with St Martin’s, St Alphege and all the church together. I think we made a lovely sound.” Kirsty, age 8.