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Local Youth Choir in the spotlight at Royal Albert Hall for the premiere of The Great War Symphony

11 October 2018

Fresh from their outstanding performance at Tuesday’s premiere of The Great War Symphonyas part of ‘Classic FM Live’ at the Royal Albert Hall, members of Berkshire Youth Choir are overwhelmed by the plaudits they are now receiving following the broadcast of the concert on Classic FM.

The choir was privileged to have been selected to perform at the premiere of Patrick Hawes’ The Great War Symphony to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War l.

Fifty talented young singers, aged 16-18, from across Berkshire performed to a capacity audience, alongside the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the London Youth Choir and The Invictus Games Choir as well as the State Trumpeters and Band of the Household Cavalry, the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Royal Air Force, and the Corps Drums and Bugles of the Royal Marines.

This influential new work was commissioned to commemorate those who served in the Great War and, importantly, raised vital funds for SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.

Louise McGahon, Head of Voice at Berkshire Maestros, summed up the excitement felt by the choir:
‘This was a unique experience for these young singers which they will remember throughout their lives. I am so proud of how well they performed and impressed by the commitment shown as they learned The Great War Symphony over the last month. It is wonderful for a charity like Berkshire Maestros to be able to offer our local young musicians an opportunity of this type and even better to see how much they value being a part of it.’

The choir is one of three county level choirs taught and coached by local charity Berkshire Maestros, lead organisation of the Berkshire Music Hub, under the guidance of highly-acclaimed Musical Director Christopher Hann. The county choirs are selective and entry is by audition only, but the emphasis is upon finding singers with potential who love making music with others.

Berkshire Maestros also runs numerous local music centre choirs and instrumental ensembles as part of its goal to enable children and young people from across Berkshire to experience quality musical opportunities, regardless of background, ability or circumstances.


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