Representatives of Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School’s Senior Choir, led by the Year 13 Music class made up of Nicole Boyles, Lucy Bellinger, Kelsey Ryan and Lukas Wallis, performed at Scope in Sully and at Bethel House in Dinas Powys recently.
The performance at Scope was one of the first of the choir’s whilst performing their new set-list and was received extremely well by not only the residents but the staff; many of which described the ‘mini Christmas concert’ as “delightful, fantastic and great fun”. The choir performed a collection of primarily Christmas based songs that they have been working on including an acapella version of Silent night and a version of Ave Maria from the Year 13 section, and a selection of congregational carols that got residents and staff involved as well. Some of the carols included Away in a Manger, O Little Town of Bethlehem and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. As well as these, the choir performed an original Christmas song written by their very own teacher, Miss Bryony Doyle, entitled Only Thing Missing, and a moving performance of Hallelujah which sounded simply phenomenal in 4-part harmony.
At Bethel House the next day the choir sang the same set-list once again but put an added focus on the congregational carols as they knew that the residents at the care home would recognise many of these and enjoy them more. With extra time towards the end of the performance, the choir decided to perform some additional pieces after another positive reception from the residents and staff. They went on to perform extra songs including a mash-up of the songs Let It Go and Let Her Go performed by the Year 12 section of the choir.
At the end of each performance the choir were invited to talk to the residents. Getting to talk to the residents and having so many of them talk about just how much they enjoyed the performance made the time spent in rehearsals and organising the events undeniably well spent a highlight of the term for the pupils. The choir felt it necessary to mention the music teachers involved in the organisation and rehearsing of the event and would like to thank Mr Lewis Green, Miss Bryony Doyle and Mr Matthew Leach for their efforts in helping them produce such remarkable performances. After such a positive experience performing for those in the community the choir look forward to reaching out to more societies and residential homes in the community in the future.
Written by Lukas Wallis