Choir’s on song for concert at Westminster

Inspiring Music Choir at Westminster Cathedral
Inspiring Music Choir at Westminster Cathedral

Central Bedfordshire students were among 150-plus singers to perform at the Barnado’s Christmas Concert at Westminster Cathedral.

For the second year running, over 150 singers from schools within the Inspiring Music Hub of Central Bedfordshire came together on December 10 to sing before a congregation of over 2000 people.

The singers, aged 9-19, from Biggleswade Academy, Fulbrook Middle School in Woburn Sands, Parkfields Middle School in Toddington, Linslade School and South Bedfordshire Youth Voices performed three pieces, “Thank you for the Christmas”, “Lullaby Jesu” and “The Christmas Children”.

All three pieces were written by their conductor, Dr Douglas Coombes MBE, with the first two being written for and dedicated to Inspiring Music.

The choirs practised the selection of Christmas music under the guidance of their choir leaders prior to taking part in a masterclass led by Douglas Coombes MBE, who brought all of the choirs together at Westminster Cathedral to perform as The Inspiring Music Honour Choir.

Amongst other performers at the concert were the Amici Singers, a ladies choir from Biggleswade, also conducted by Dr Coombes.

Susan Cox, Music Director at Inspiring Music described the event as “the most wonderful opportunity for singers from across the Central Bedfordshire Music Education Hub to perform together in such a magnificent venue and for such a worthy 
cause.”

She added: “Our Honour Choir was very excited to be invited to perform and I am very proud of every singer who took part.”

The concert was organised by Barnardo’s, the charity established almost 150 years ago to support vulnerable children regardless of their circumstances.

Today, Barnardo’s continues to work with as many as 200,000 UK children and their families in the UK each year.