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Burnham Thorpe school children sing with professional musicians

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Over the last few months the children of Burnham Thorpe primary school have been rehearsing songs selected by two singers from Trinity Laban College of Music in London.

They were trained by the musicians, Jodie Wiggins and Daniel Chomiak in preparation for a costumed performance on Friday, May 13 evening, accompanied by celebrated pianist Brenda Blewett.

The school performance took place in the first half of the programme and included songs from Under the Sea, Pocahontas, and the Sound of Music.

Jodie Wiggins (56668303)
Jodie Wiggins (56668303)

In the second half Jodie, who originates from Norfolk and Daniel who comes from Venezuela sang favourite items by Mozart, Bellini and Gluck and more modern favourites, The Prayer and The Singer.

Marian Abramovich for Music in Thorpe CIC said: "It has always been one of the aims of Music in Thorpe to bring live music to the local schools and give the children the opportunity to work with professional musicians.

"Please support this our first live school performance and these two young musicians from Trinity Laban who have worked so hard over the past months.

Daniel Chomiak (56668309)
Daniel Chomiak (56668309)

"We are also delighted to welcome back the former head of accompanying at Chetham's School Brenda Blewett to Music in Thorpe."

Brenda Blewett (56668306)
Brenda Blewett (56668306)

The Joy of Youth

Music in Thorpe always wished to work with the local primary schools to promote and share music, and on May 12 and 13 the children worked with two students from Trinity Laban College in Greenwich on a wide range of favourite songs culminating with a costumed performance on the evening of May 13th, in the Nelson Church.

Jodie Wiggins is from Norfolk and a very gifted soprano. She was chosen to direct the project and her colleague Daniel Chomiak from Venezuela ably assisted and his velvety bass voice brought real depth to the programme. Brenda Blewett, ex head of accompaniment at Chetham’s in Manchester brought another level of professionalism for the students to experience.

The combination of youthful enthusiastic students and lively and appreciative young children was a great joy to experience and what most surprised those in the audience was the attentiveness of the children to all directions and the passion which they brought to their singing.

Jodie and Daniel sang Panis Angelicus from afar while the children quietly walked on in their choir boy like outfits. How angelic they looked but that soon turned to an energetic performance of “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid”. The programme was a mix of lively numbers such as “London’s Burning” in the round with effective props to a beautiful rendition of “Someday” from “The Hunchback of Notre Dam” to a much loved “Doe a deer” from The Sound of Music.

We were all pretty apprehensive whether these young children would sit through the second half of the evening when Jodie and Daniel sang items from Mozart’s

“The Marriage of Figaro” and Gluck’s “Paris and Helen” but we need not have worried for the concentrated faces, even when the singing was in Italian, was a great joy to see.

Michael Head’s “The Singer” sang unaccompanied by Jodie was extremely moving and The Prayer ( made famous by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli) was a popular item to complete the evening. Incredible singing from these two young students who obviously have a great future ahead of them and well done Music in Thorpe for the vision to bring these two groups of youths together.

Parents and regular audience alike left feeling uplifted and thrilled to have enjoyed such a memorable evening.

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