We set off from Sidcot at 6.45am Sunday 1 December clutching our Messiah scores. We were all full of excitement but perhaps a little apprehensive of what was ahead of us! We had met regularly to rehearse all the chorus numbers and with the help of the ‘choraline’ cd all pupils were able to carry out some independent learning.
As we arrived in London we had our very first glimpse of The Royal Albert Hall - most of the pupils had only seen the building on the television so were understandably surprised at the size and beauty of the building. The pupils had photos taken in Hyde Park before entering to find our choir seats. Once seated in our respective choir seats we were introduced to Suzy Digby OBE who was to be our choral conductor for the performance. The London Festival Orchestra took their seats and we were ready to rehearse hard all morning. Singing in a chorus of 1,000 singers was always going to be exciting however, I think we were all blown away by the sound! A quick lunch break and then the audience members were filling up the auditorium ready for the final performance of The Messiah. A fine performance followed and when the audience stood for the ‘Hallelujah’, the emotion felt was breath taking.
From beginning to end this trip was full of laughter and song. The pupils looked and sounded professional and are to be congratulated on their achievement.
More photos can be viewed via the Classic FM website.