Rochester Grammar School gear up for Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year Competition semi-final

Rochester Grammar School gear up for Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year Competition semi-final

Rochester Grammar School’s resident choir, NChant, are celebrating after their participation in the Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year Competition semi-final was announced.

After a rigorous audition process, NChant was successful in making to the final five senior choirs to be chosen from schools across the UK, performing in front of a panel of celebrity judges, including singer and vocal coach Carrie Grant, ex-JLS member JB Gill and opera singer Russell Watson.

From the five senior choirs, three were chosen to go into the final round of the competition. The semi-final will be televised on 26th May, with the final shown on 2nd June.

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Joanna Wadey, Acting Head of School, said:

“Making it to the semi-final of a national competition is no small feat, and I am so proud of all the hard work that the girls have put in over the last few months to make it happen. Their dedication is truly inspiring!”

NChant’s Choral Director, Mrs Woodman, said:

“We were delighted to have been selected to sing in the semi-finals of this nationwide school choir competition. The girls are so committed to the choir and their hard work has been rewarded. This whole experience will be one that they and their families will never forget.”

David Chapman, Director of Music at Rochester Grammar School, said:

“The Music department at RGS is thrilled that our senior choir ‘NChant’ was successful in reaching the televised semi-finals of the Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year competition.  This is a fantastic achievement and is testament to all the hard work and commitment shown by our talented students and to the expert direction of our Choral Director, Mrs Woodman.  The choir had a fantastic experience going to Bolton for the filming and look forward to seeing the final broadcast!”

Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:

“The commitment that NChant have shown to get this far is brilliant, and reflective of the level of effort that our students bring every day. We’re all very impressed by the level of skill and ability on show, and were cheering them on during their performance.”