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Glebelands School are thrilled to announce that Glebelands in Harmony have been awarded the Godalming Operatic Society Cup for their performance at the Godalming Music Festival on Tuesday 18th March.

This is the second year the choir have participated in the festival, winning their class last year with distinction.  This year topped that success with the choir not only winning their class with distinction again, but also in being awarded the cup as the best choir of three classes – School Choirs of Mixed ages,  School Choirs of under 14 and School Choir of up to and including Year 9. The title of the cup is the name of the donator rather than the style of music sung. 

The choir enjoy singing pop, gospel and songs from the shows and are currently preparing “Skyfall” by Adele, “And can you feel the love tonight” for performances in the summer term.  For the competition, however, choirs need to show an understanding of different styles of music as well as pace and mood.  Students therefore tackled the challenges of singing a Baroque song in 3-parts, “Rise up Singing” by Henry Purcell and contrasted this with the beautiful pop ballad “The Rose” by Amanda McBroom.

“The choir responded very well to the demands of learning an unfamiliar style”, said their conductor Debbie Walton, “and it was fabulous to hear the adjudicator congratulate the students on the specific features we had worked on, such as light, dance-like singing with contrasting dynamics and pure tone”.  The adjudicator, Valerie Hoppe, was amazed that such a small group could make such a strong and well blended sound.

She commented that it was “A very neat performance with good blend and plenty of sparkle” and for “The Rose” (which is a beautiful arrangement that builds from unison singing to two parts, three parts and then back to unison, taking the listener on an emotional journey) “For such young singers, this was sung with a beautiful rich, well blended tone and from the heart”.  The adjudicator also noted the attention to detail of the words and communication.

Finally, the adjudicator complimented a Year 10 student, on her excellent accompanying.