Max C writes:
On Thursday evening we (a group of Y6 and Y7 Choristers from the Chapel Choir) joined the London Concert Choir and chamber choir Canticum, to perform in Andrew Litton’s condensed concert version of George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, at the Barbican Hall in London. Together with another youth group, Children’s Voices of Enfield, we sang folk, popular song, spirituals and jazz alongside these two major choirs and UK baritone Rodney Earl Clarke (Porgy), sopranos Francesca Chiejina (Bess) and Gweneth Ann Rand, tenor Ronald Samm, accompanied by the Southbank Sinfonia, all under the direction of Mr Forkgen, Conductor.
Porgy and Bess is a love story about resilience and a community’s hope for a better future. It was especially exciting to have the opportunity to perform in the Barbician Hall, the largest concert hall of its type in Europe.
Our thanks to Mr Forkgen (Music Director of the London Concert Choir and Director of Music at Tonbridge School) for the opportunity to sing. Special appreciation to Mrs Piercy, Dr Maslin and Mr Pidgen for joining us in the choir and escorting us.
Joel A, Edward B, Severo B, George C, Max C, James D, Rocco F, Oscar H, Ryley J, Jaspar J, Jake L, Mofeyintoluwa O, Thomas P, Ethan S, Hugh S, Fraser T and Oliver W