Concert Choir Springs Forward

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - By: Natalie P, Allard ‘17

The busiest yet most fruitful term of the year for all Brentwood musicians has arrived. It is the time when all music bands and groups hustle to refine their repertoire for festivals and concerts; the Concert Choir is no exception.

Last Monday, a small bus filled with 14 eager choristers travelled down to Oak Bay High School to attend the Victoria Festival for the Performing Arts. Although we were nervous at first, we were all excited to showcase the wonderfully chosen songs that we have worked dutifully on the past two terms. We began our performance with a rousing arrangement of Pentatonix’s “Take Me Home” before performing a poignant song, “Prayer of the Children,” decrying the effect of war on children in Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond. We rounded off the performance with Leonard Cohen’s seminal work, “Hallelujah” and a spiritual: “That Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’.”

The festival’s schedule was packed and we were one of the last choirs to perform for the day. Before heading on stage we had the opportunity to enjoy and learn from other highly-skilled choral groups, and were in awe of the energetic, yet mature-sounding middle school choirs.

The girls’ choir and the mixed choir performed four equally challenging yet poignant songs on stage, and received helpful tips from a Yale-trained adjudicator. Our determination and hard work throughout the year have definitely paid off as we also received many compliments both from the audience and the adjudicator. 

A tremendous thank you to Mr. Newns & Mr. Clausen, for not only buying us ice cream after the festival, but for - most importantly - guiding our growth as young musicians and organising these events. 

I am proud to be part of this amazing choir, and certainly cannot wait to start preparing for the Concert for a Summer's Eve.

Natalie P, Allard ‘17

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