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After months of anticipation, the 40 strong choir from Roedean South Africa arrived to warm Brighton sunshine for their finale concert.
Having performed in the great cathedral cities of York, Liverpool, Bath and Salisbury, it felt like something of a homecoming to be performing in the more intimate surroundings of the Roedean Chapel.
The choristers speak multiple languages, and, brilliantly led by Choir Master Ralf Schmitt, they offered a varied programme to a large audience of our students, families and friends.
The enthusiam, emotion and energy was infectious and by the end the audience was on its feet in a rapturous standing ovation. 'These singers have absolutely raised the roof,' said Head of Music Miss Fewkes, 'their performance was stunning.'
'What girls, and what powerful and amazing joy in their singing!' said one audience member. 'One had to remind oneself that these performers were still at school', said another.
The choir’s last duty was to host a music workshop with Junior School and Year 7 pupils. ‘All of you sing better than Beyonce, and definitely better than Justin Bieber!” wrote a Year 7 girl afterwards. ‘I absolutely loved it, their songs were really unique’, said another.
The visit finished with the two Headmistresses, Mrs Williams and Mrs King, exchanging gifts of a Roedean South Africa flag and a DB Martin sketch of the school.