Super singers take first prize

Published on: 24 Nov 2016


A DOWNEND school choir is celebrating after coming first in the under 11 vocal group section at the Longwell Green Eisteddfod.  

The pupils from Christ Church Infant School took part in the competition during the October half term and sang Somewhere over the Rainbow and a Gospel Medley.

After rehearsing since September, the choir of pupils aged between five and seven saw their hard work pay off when they received a cup for their win.

The choir has taken part in the Eisteddfod since 2011,and has  always been the youngest group of singers.

The singers also perform regularly at community events in Page Park and Downend and Bromley Heath.

Teacher Melanie Arnot  formed the choir in 2009, to give Year 1 and Year 2 children the opportunity to learn a wide variety of songs and to become used to performing in public.  

She is assisted each week by Mandy Rogers, who also works in school and is a member of Avon Harmony.

Melanie said: “There was a fantastic turnout for this and the judge, Michael Johnson, was very kind and made some lovely remarks about our performance.

“Mrs Rogers and I strongly believe in the value of exposing the children to this type of event, not only for their own musical development, but also to allow them to share their love of singing with the wider community, so we would like to say a big thank you to all our parents and carers for their fantastic support.”

The choir is now looking forward to singing at the Christ Church Junior School Christmas Craft Fair and will also be performing in the school nativity and at Carols by Candlelight in Christ Church on Monday December 12.

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