15:49 Tuesday 08 January 2013

Prep school quintet selected to join top choir after tough audition

Written byBY ADRIAN JENKINS

FIVE pupils from a private school near Burton have hit the high notes by being chosen to join a top music group.

The youngsters, who attend Smallwood Manor Preparatory School, in Marchington, were selected for the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain following auditions in Birmingham.

Francesca Faulder, nine, Luke Hurley, 11, Poppy Moseley, nine, Jack Cottle, 10, and Ella Hurley, nine, will get the chance to perform with other talented singers and learn more about singing techniques and different musical styles.

Smallwood head teacher Mike Harrison said: “Congratulations to our five pupils and our director of music, Mrs O’Brien, who helped them prepare for the auditions.

“Places at the National Children’s Choir are extremely sought after and this will give them the opportunity to learn alongside top musicians as well as to perform both nationally and internationally.”

All five of the pupils have received musical and singing tuition at Smallwood, gaining experience of performing in public as members of the school choir.

To join the National Children’s Choir, each of the children needed to demonstrate their ability in a aural test and sing scales before performing a piece from their music grade repertoire from memory.

Smallwood pupils have now been selected for the choir for at least 12 years running.

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