Our annual Feast of Choirs Concert is one of the highlights of the Accent Event Calendar- and 2019 was no exception. For the 11th year running, schools who had taken part in the Gospel Project since September 2018 came together to sing at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool. This year a record breaking 24 schools attended on one evening, involving just over 500 pupils.
The schools had been learning three-part harmony songs by ear in schools over the course of the academic year, and they joined together for the first time to rehearse all together the afternoon before the concert. Lead Gospel Tutor Mel Birkett arranged and choreographed the songs and then she and Gospel Tutor Alex Hancock taught them in schools to the individual classes. The Gospel songs included choreography to make the performance really vibrant and energetic.
As expected, this was the very first year for a completely sold out concert. The lucky ticket holders were (almost literally) blown away by the amazing sound created by 500 pupils singing together in a massed choir.
In addition to Accent’s Gospel choir, the audience was treated to a performance by the highly commended Norbreck Primary School Choir from Blackpool, and solo performances from pianist and vocalist Amelie from Priestley College and Emma from Penketh High School who had been a pupil at the Cathedral several years prior.
Janice Pounds, Music Education Commissioner said “Year on year the Feast of Choirs continues to entertain and thrill everyone in attendance. The Gospel Programme is hugely popular with schools across Warrington and Halton, with new schools coming on board each year. We were delighted to have the support of both The Mayor of Halton Cllr Margaret Horabin and the Mayor of Warrington Cllr Karen Mundry who were both hugely complimentary about the performance. The tutors really do get the best out of the children and the performance was really excellent- huge congratulations to all the young people who performed on the evening, you really did yourselves and your schools proud.”