Crawley school choir chosen for youth music festival

Locksley Christian School in Manby rejects the accusations.
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Ifield Community College Choir has been selected to represent the region at this year’s National Festival of Music for Youth.

This will be the sixth time the choir, under the guidance of Patrick Allen, has performed at the festival, which will be held in Birmingham.

The choir, who will represent representing Crawley, Sussex and the South East, will perform at the Adrian Boult Hall on Wednesday July 9.

Their selection followed an audition at Burgess Hill School for Girls on March 4, one of 42 regional festivals staged across the UK.

Music for Youth’s regional festival series represents the world’s largest youth music festival, and selection for the National Festival is highly prized.

ICC choir is one of a handful of choirs from state comprehensive schools who will be represented in Birmingham, and the only one from the South East of England.

At the Burgess Hill audition the choir performed the Brazilian song ‘Mas Que Nada’, ‘Pastime with Good Company’ by Henry VIII, ‘I See You’ by Mika and ‘Fiela’, a wedding song from South Africa.

Adjudicators described the choir’s performance as “beautiful” “authentic” and “eclectic”.

As ever, the choir were accompanied by the Chagossian Drummers, whom judges described as “fantastic”.