South Croydon primary school hits the high notes at community music festival


Selsdon Primary School were awarded the Coe Shield for their performance.

By Emma Birkett

A South Croydon Primary school choir sung its way into a winning position in the finals of the Croydon Music festival last Saturday.

 The 27 youngsters from Selsdon Primary School sang a winning set for judges which included the Tears for Fears song ‘Hallelujah’.

The festival is a charitable arts competition which enables people in the local community to compete in number of different artistic disciplines, including dancing, singing, dramatics and instrument playing.

Councillor Tim Pollard, Croydon Deputy Deputy Leader (Communications) and Cabinet Member for Children, Families & Learning said: “It provides great opportunities for children in the borough, while also forging strong links with our partners including the London Mozart Players.”

‘Hallelujah’, a song which is best known to children from the film ‘Shrek’, was particularly praised by judges for its harmonies and pitch variation.

The two soloists Trinity Lewis and Elayna Rodriquez sang as the choir bowed their head to convey the full power of the song.

In their open song ‘Aliens’ saw the choir come on stage dressed as extra-terrestrials making co-ordinated dance moves.

The space themed song was written by composer Lin Marsh who was the adjudicator for the Junior Choir section of the competition.

The choir, which is an after school club, was directed in the ceremony by music teacher Alma Burcombe.

The club, which usually has 40 members, made up of 7-11 year olds, received the Coe Shield for their performance.

Any amateur of any age can become involved in the programme, which is particularly keen to help children learn by listening and getting involved.

The festival aims to raise standards and quality of the performing acts, to aid performers by offering constructive criticism on performances and to give entrants an opportunity to perform to the public.

Councillor Pollard added that the council always receives good feedback from schools and community groups about these and other arts events.

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