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From Cornwall Heritage Trust Grants for School Transport


Pensilva Primary School Choir Sing at Truro Cathedral, 4th November 2015


A few months ago, Pensilva School Choir were asked if they would like to take part in the Big Sing at Truro Cathedral. The choir would receive six hours of vocal coaching from a singing tutor, culminating in a concert at the Cathedral alongside another Cornish primary school.

We jumped at the chance as the choir love to be able to sing to an audience and in different settings, and the prospect of singing in Truro Cathedral was really exciting. Only two of the children had ever been to the Cathedral before so they were all very keen.

The children had vocal coaching from Charlie Murray, an Education Assistant at Truro Cathedral and a member of the Cathedral Choir. Charlie taught the children lots of techniques to help with their posture and breathing and introduced them to five new songs, including songs where they had to harmonise or do part singing.

As the performance drew nearer, we applied to Cornwall Heritage Trust for a grant to pay for our bus to Truro which they very kindly granted us. We arranged to buy fish and chips in Truro on the day and rehearsed as much as we could so that we were ready for the concert.

On 4th November, the bus took the children all the way to Truro. Once inside the Cathedral, the choir rehearsed with Charlie once again and practised walking on and off the steps. They also practised one of their songs with the other primary school who had learned a different part for the same song. Having only sung our part before, it sounded fabulous!

The choir were then taken to the crypt where they tried on choristers’ robes and one of the children even got dressed up as a bishop!

We then went for chips and returned in time to hear the Cathedral Choir during Evensong.

The time had then come for our concert! Lots of the children’s families came along to watch and the children sang beautifully. All of the staff and families were really proud of them. They remembered all their words and their harmonies and had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

All of us agreed that this has been a great experience for the children. We had great feedback from parents and have used the vocal techniques Charlie taught us in subsequent choir rehearsals. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to sing in such a beautiful setting and to sing with a pianist was wonderful. We are so grateful to have had this opportunity and are very grateful for the grant for the bus provided by Cornwall Heritage Trust.