Young choristers still singing praises…

December 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm (General Information) (, , , , , )

Pupils from Calverley C of E Primary School are still feeling the excitement after singing at Leeds Grand Theatre on the opening night of A Christmas Carol. See what two more of their pupils had to say about the whole experience:

In the competition it was hard work and lots of choir practice on the two carols.  We spent two hours trying to record the song.  It was worth it.  Getting into the final was the best experience EVER!

John (the music director from the Northern Ballet Theatre) came and did a workshop with us.  Then on Wednesday 26.11.09 we went to West Park for the competition.  I liked listening to all the other choirs singing and seeing what they thought of us.  I was so thrilled when we won, I couldn’t tell you.

 At the Grand it was really big backstage with lots of dressing rooms.  We saw lots of props and costumes of the dancers and we had a practice before we went on.  Behind the curtain was nerve racking as we waited for the curtain to rise.  Surprisingly I wasn’t nervous when the curtain went up I just sung my best and was proud of my achievements.  When the songs ended I was really proud of myself and my school.

 By Naomi Calvert


Singing at the competition in front of 4 other school choirs was quite nerve racking because it was the first time I’d performed in front of people at a singing performance. So I was relieved when I sat down with the others.  I was so surprised when they called out our school as the winners.

 At the Grand we practised a couple of times and then it was the real thing. The curtain went up and 2000 eyes were on us.  This was our only chance to sing well.  Mrs Putsman was delighted at how well we sang and so was I. 

We all had a really great time singing at the Grand.

 By Jessica Edwards

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Oh Come All Ye Choristers

October 1, 2009 at 9:59 am (Events) (, , , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre's A Christmas Carol - Photo: Brian Slater

Northern Ballet Theatre's A Christmas Carol - Photo: Brian Slater

Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) is on the look out for a special primary school choir to launch their Christmas season. The chosen choir will sing live on stage at the Grand Theatre in Leeds before NBT’s opening performance of A Christmas Carol.

Primary schools choirs across Leeds were invited to take part in the competition and to-date 17 schools have entered. All choirs will prepare two carols: How Far is it to Bethlehem and one other of their choice. Five choirs will be chosen for the final heat, to perform in front of judges at NBT’s studios in West Park.

Judges will include NBT Musical Director John Pryce Jones, who will visit the 5 finalist schools and work with them on their entries, and Simon Lindley, Organist of Leeds Parish Church and of Leeds Town Hall. They will be joined in the judging by an NBT dancer and another special guest, yet to be announced.

John Pryce-Jones said: “We’re not necessarily looking for the biggest and loudest choir, but we do want a choir with stage presence. Choirs will be judged on their vocal and musical quality, interpretation of the songs and presentation.”

For further information contact Stephanie Bell, Northern Ballet Theatre, 0113 274 5355,

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