Linslade School choir inspired by St Paul’s

Linslade School's choir at St Paul's
Linslade School's choir at St Paul's

Members of Linslade School’s choir were on song when they were invited to perform at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday.

A total of 44 members were delighted to be invited to represent Inspiring Music, in a combined choir of young people drawn from middle schools across Central Bedfordshire for the Barnardo’s Christmas Carol Concert.

The Linslade choir had practised a selection of Christmas celebratory music under the guidance of their teacher Ruth Lewin prior to taking part in a masterclass led by Douglas Coombes MBE, who brought all of the choirs together at St Paul’s as The Inspiring Music Singers.

The evening opened with the children’s rendition of Jesus is Born, followed by Gloria Ay! Jesus of Nazareth and The Christmas Children.

A school spokesman said: “The sound was as magnificent as the unique and splendid surroundings of St Paul’s.

“The children were supported by proud teachers and families who travelled to London to share in this very magical moment, after all, to sing in St Paul’s Cathedral is the opportunity of a lifetime.

“No-one in the cathedral could fail to be impressed by the sheer quality of the sound as it resonated around the historic building.”

The concert was organised by Barnardos, the charity established almost 150 years ago to support vulnerable children regardless of their circumstances. Even today, Barnardos continues to work with as many as 200,000 UK children and their families in the UK each year.

Headteacher Kate Smith, described the occasion as “one of the proudest moments in recent times at Linslade”.

She added: “It was an absolute privilege to join together with so many of our partner middle schools in Central Bedfordshire to showcase the immense talent of our children.”