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Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir celebrated their Annual Leavers’ Concert

Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir celebrated their Annual Leavers’ Concert this afternoon, outside their usual rehearsal venue in very unusual temperatures!

Last year’s event was completely online but yesterday the choir were able to host the event outside, by kind permission of Oasis Academy on Henderson Avenue. The surrounding buildings enhanced the acoustics and the nearby trees provided shelter for the watching families.

A Zoom link was provided for isolating choristers and for patrons of the choir, who are usually given tickets to thank them for their support. Apart from a nervous moment when the iPad with the music on turned itself off in the heat, it ran very smoothly!

Chair of SCJC Jacqui Brewster said: “We’ve been lucky that choirs for under 18s have been able to rehearse together, under strict limitations, for the past few weeks. The choristers, of all ages, have taken the whole situation in their stride and it was fantastic for them to have this final celebration in person, outside in the sunshine. It’s been lovely for all involved actually, a real reward.”

Daniel Fields, main choir conductor, said: “We’ve had a busy year, a different kind of busy, but busy nonetheless. This week we are taking part in a professional recording which will go out as part of the Barnsley International Youth Choir Festival, next weekend we are performing outside again at Normanby Hall’s Party in the Park.

“During the year we have taken part in the Friday Afternoons Project, a Britten Pears Arts led singing project, connecting teachers and young people with contemporary composers, also Messiah Reimagined, as part of the London Handel Festival, not to mention local projects like the virtual carol for the Scunthorpe Festival of Christmas Trees. All these projects have left a fantastic online legacy but there’s no substitute for all being together to sing.”

Kathleen Watson and Jenny Trattles, leaders of the Middle and Little Choirs, have also been working online until recently.

Kathleen said: “Friday evenings have been the highlight of my week all year, the choristers really have been fantastic.’ Both of the training choirs put on very active performances despite the warm weather, singing songs about climbing mountains, Little Red Riding Hoods, bees, tractors, superheroes and bananas to name a few!”

Jenny’s Little Choir, who are aged three to five years old, stole the show! After performances of Alan Bullard’s This is the Key and Song to the Moon, Andrew Carter’s Bless the Lord/Butterflies and Moths, Russell Hepplewhite’s Atoms, outgoing chorister Anna Marshall, gave a stunning performance of Schubert’s Im Abendrot to the already emotional audience.

The five leavers Lucy Blades, Anna Marshall, Tia Goffe, Sophie Stringer Wood and Rory Longcake received framed photographs of the choir and advice from Creative Director, Sue Hollingworth, BEM, to keep singing!

Sue spoke to the audience about the upcoming centenary in 2023 and amazing music team, committee and volunteers for keeping SCJC singing through the pandemic and reiterated their goal to get 100 members for our centenary.

SCJC will be performing at Party in the Park at Normanby Hall on Sunday 25th July 2021.

The three choirs rehearse on Friday evenings in term time, the age range of choristers is 3 to 18.

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