King's College Choir visits Briar Hill

Over 1,400 pupils from across the David Ross Education Trust's Northampton-based academies were treated to a series of masterclasses from one of the most well known choirs in the world last week.

The King's Men, the close harmony group from King's College Choir, Cambridge, visited Briar Hill Primary School and five other primary academies across Northampton to perform for the pupils and share their experiences. The seven-piece group sang a variety of music, including a ballad written by King Henry VIII, Pastime with Good Company, and a selection of jazz classics, including Is you is.

Students from Malcolm Arnold Academy's Choir and Barbershop Group later rehearsed with the King’s Men and also had the chance to seek advice from the singers, who are all current students at the University of Cambridge.

After visiting Briar Hill and the other academies, The King's Men performed at an evening concert accompanied by St Matthew’s Church Choir, the Choir of Malcolm Arnold Academy and pupils from Cedar Road Primary School and Kings Heath Primary Academy.

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music for the David Ross Education Trust, said: “It was a real privilege to welcome The King’s Men to our academies.

“The pupils were so inspired by their performance and they were thrilled to have the opportunity to ask lots of questions about the choir. We now have hundreds of pupils auditioning to join their school choirs as a result.

“The evening concert was a great occasion and the sound of the Malcolm Arnold Academy Choir, as well as the Trust’s primary school children, singing with the St Matthew's Choir and the choral scholars was very special. We would like to thank The King’s Men for their valuable time - especially during university exam time - and for inspiring so many of our pupils.”