Pupils lift their voices in song at choral workshop

Choral Workshop at The Hipperholme Grammar School Foundation.
Choral Workshop at The Hipperholme Grammar School Foundation.

Hipperholme Grammar played host to more than 90 children from 20 primary schools for Yorkshire’s first choral workshop.

The pupils were given expert tuition by the junior school’s music teacher Joan Zarneh and Alex Woodrow, the director of music at Bradford Cathedral. The workshop included singing in foreign languages and various vocal techniques.

The young performers practised singing in rounds and sang musical items including London’s Burning and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

They also tackled a mini-anthem, a hymn tune, a chant in Latin and a group song for the evening performance.

After enhancing their technique in two separate groups, the children joined together to perform ‘Sing’, which was composed by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd-Webber. They were also told about the history of Bradford Cathedral by the education officer.

The children and their parents then tucked into some food at the school canteen before the pupils gave a full concert at Bradford Cathedral in front of their families, where they were welcomed by Reverend Jerry Lepine.

There were inspirational solo performances by Hipperholme Grammar Sixth Form students Oliver and Rebecca Firth and additional performances by the Hipperholme Grammar Junior School choir and the Sixth Form elite choir before the evening concluded with the workshop pupils’ rendition of ‘Sing’.

Mrs Zarneh, from Hipperholme Grammar, said: “The workshop was a creative activity that was uplifting and inspiring and I’m certain the experience was enriching for all who took part.”

Alex Woodrow, from Bradford Cathedral, said: “It was fantastic to see such a strong interest in singing among primary school children in the region.

“It was very affirmative to see how much material the children managed to rehearse, prepare and perform in such a short space of time, to a full and appreciative Cathedral.”

Music teacher Sue Pearce said: “The children were taught to sing several different pieces expertly. They achieved so much in just one afternoon while having great fun.

“It led to a super performance which was enjoyed by all.”

Bradford Cathedral recruits choristers as probationers from the age of seven upwards.