Monthly Archives: April 2016

SuperChoir Article in Gazette & Herald

The following has been taken from an article by Joanne Moore in the Gazette and Herald dated 22nd April:

EastEnders composer ready for second Devizes SuperChoir concert

Pictured at St Barnabas school in Market Lavington unveiling their banner this week are (back row L to R) Fiona Underwood from Urchfont C of E Primary School, Carole Berry SuperChoir Artistic Director and Lindsay Clough from St Barnabas C of E Primary.


COMPOSER Simon May, who is best known for his EastEnders theme tune, is helping to organise the second Devizes SuperChoir event this summer.

Schools are already getting their youngsters ready for the giant concert and are proclaiming their involvement by putting large banners on their gates.

Last year’s event organised by the Rotary Club of Devizes with the backing of Mr May and artistic director Carole Berry of First Stages Musical Theatre Group was a huge success with hundreds of children taking part.

This time ten schools have already signed up and around 300 youngsters will perform at Dauntsey’s School, West Lavington, near Devizes, on July 6.

Cliff Evans, president elect of the Rotary Club of Devizes said: “Devizes area schools are once again going to lift the roof at Dauntsey’s School in the second running of SuperChoir in the UK.

Last year almost four hundred pupils from eleven schools took part in the inaugural event, and a fantastic time was had by all.The club members – along with Simon May – feel that it is important to support subjects such as music when schools are under so much pressure, and teachers have responded enthusiastically to the opportunity for children to take part in a large-scale live music event.”

The latest school to sign-up for this year’s event is Woodborough C of E School at Woodborough near Pewsey but St Barnabas Primary in Market Lavington already has its banner and staged an unveiling last week.

Mr May, who returned to his home town of Devizes last summer to launch his autobiography, spoke at the time about the importance of the super choir concert and the need the get children involved with music from a young age.

He grew up in Station Road at a time when trains still stopped just down the road and then went on to St Peter’s Primary before moving on to Dauntsey’s.

He said: “I love coming back to Devizes. I still have a number of relatives here and I have a close association with the Devizes Eisteddfod and the SuperChoir.”

At the book launch in Albion Square a number of the children from the SuperChoir performed with him.

This year all participating schools will receive a SuperChoir banner and plaque, and each member of the choir will receive a special commemorative t-shirt to be worn during the performance.

Canal Inspires Young Speakers

The following has been taken from an article by Joanne Moore in the Gazette and Herald dated 11th April:

YOUNGSTERS from a village primary school took inspiration from a well known local landmark to help them with a public speaking contest.

The pupils of St Nicholas Primary School, Bromham, gave a presentation on the Kennet and Avon Canal to win the Rotary Club of Devizes annual Youth Speaks competition.

They were up against competition from Rowde Primary, St Joseph’s primary in Devizes and Nursteed Primary, Devizes. Each group had to give a five to 10 minute presentation to an audience of more than 70. Senior teachers from outside the area were judges. Organiser Jean Allen, of Devizes Rotary Club, which staged the event at Nursteed Community Primary School said: “There were teams covering a wide range of topics and “”They all excelled.”


Back from left: Alan Truscott, President, Devizes Rotary Club; Sally Wolfenden, recently retired Head of Drama at Sherborne School for Girls, Sherborne, Dorset, event organiser Jean Allen; teacher Jess Geary (St Nicolas Primary School); Joe Cook, Year 6