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School news | Posted 27.02.2013

Cantiamo Choir Performs at York Minster

Amy from Year I chronicled all of their exciting adventures, read on for her recounting of the day…

On 7 February, QM’s Cantiamo Choir, comprised of all girls from Years I and II, was invited to sing at York Minster with over 400 other choristers as part of a charity fundraising concert for Homestart, one of the UK’s leading family support organisations. Amy from Year I chronicled the entire exciting day of adventures. Read her story below:

We took part in three songs in the programme but lots of other choirs also sang lots of different types of music. One of the songs was Laudate Dominum sung by all the choirs and solo soprano, Lynne Dawson (who offered a singing workshop for QM vocalists in the previous academic year).

The other song that we sung as a massed choir was the hymn, The Spacious Firmament on High. This was written especially for Homestart by Richard Shephard. I especially liked the middle section of the piece where older choirs sang a complicated part with really nice harmonies.

Cantiamo’s main performance was of Jonah Man Jazz – a series of six songs with short narrations in between, telling the story of Jonah and the whale. It was a very upbeat and exciting piece, but very hard to learn!

After an afternoon of rehearsal in a cold York Minster, we had time to go shopping in York before going for dinner at Ask for lots of yummy pizza and pasta. We had lots of fun on the trip and it was nice to see that the hard rehearsing paid off when the concert went very well. Special thanks to the Music Department and Mr Bowyer for organising such a great opportunity!