Top Crawley choir to perform with BBC Singers

Ifield Community College choir and drummers SUS-140318-104657001
Ifield Community College choir and drummers SUS-140318-104657001

A group of talented young musicians will be joining forces with a celebrated choir at the BBC to record their latest work.

The Ifield Community College choir and drummers have teamed up with the BBC Singers to record their interpretation of the music of German composers Schoenberg, Wolf, Brahms and Schumann.

Working with composer Tim Steiner, the 45 students have developed their own piece based on the theme of “sacred”.

The Ifield choir’s new composition will be recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studios on April 1, and will be included on a web-based broadcast about the project.

The choir will then perform the piece at a special event to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on Monday April 7 from the Milton Court Concert Hall, at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The choir’s composition will use extracts and themes of the German works, combined with the languages, culture and modern experiences of the Ifield teenage musicians.

The multiple modern meanings of the word ‘sacred’ will be explored through workshops and dialogue between the group members.

Part of the project will explore the cultural origins of the choir’s musicians, which include members of the renowned Chagossian drummers.

The choir, under the guidance of Patrick Allen, has made a name for itself over the past few years.

As well as performing at the Crawley Festival and for the Crawley Campaign Against Racism, members have featured on a recording by international pop star Gary Go, who counts Lady GaGa and Kanye West among his fans.

The singer visited the college to record the choir for his single ‘Towards the Sun’.

Mr Allen said: “It’s a thrill and an honour for them to record in the Maida Vale Studios – after all most big recording stars have been there to record for the BBC.”