RJS choir captivates hearts at the Barbican
The excited choir outside the Barbican

RJS choir capture hearts at the Barbican


For the second year running, Roedean Junior School won a place in the National Finals of the Barnardo’s Annual Choir Competition.

Twenty one children from Year 1 to Year 6 sang Titania’s Lullaby (from Midsummer Night’s Dream) and The Tree of Light which they had been rehearsing three times a week since Christmas.

Headmaster Huw May said, ‘We were extremely proud of the children and the way they rose to the occasion. They might not have won the competition, but I think they won the hearts of the audience. Their behaviour was impeccable and they were a credit to the school. I am also very grateful to our parents for travelling to London to support us. ’

We were again delighted to see that our pupils’ artwork featured widely in the souvenir programme. Hermione Hine was thrilled that her piece was on the front cover and it will be a lasting memento for all to cherish.

Blackheath Prep School were the eventual winners in the junior section – congratulations to them.

Here are some extracts of the reports which Year 6 wrote afterwards:-

‘When we got there our hearts were beating hard, but we soon forgot about it until suddenly we were on stage, extremely scared. When we came off we thought we had done a good job.’ – Bryony

‘We were on second and we were so excited. There was a sea of faces in front of our choir. When we finished we were relieved to sit down and watch the rest of the choirs perform.’ – Esmee

‘Our fingers were crossed as they were announcing the winners. We did not win but I was very proud of our choir. It was a moment of a lifetime.’ – Trisha

‘When I woke up that morning I felt like the whole world had waited for this day! It was quite nerve-racking because the judges were watching you very carefully.’ – Lizzie

‘We walked on stage, my heart pounding! Once we had performed I couldn’t stop thinking about how we did. We didn’t win, but it’s the taking part that counts! – Hermione

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