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Below is an article about the recent hugely successful Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2018 concert which took place at Dauntsey’s School on 11th July 2018.
The article was written by Carole Berry, SuperChoir Artistic Director.
It was a huge pleasure and privilege to direct SuperChoir 2018 for the Rotary Club of Devizes at Dauntsey’s School last Wednesday. This was the fourth annual event since SuperChoir was launched by composer and musician Simon May and this year 150 children from 6 local primary schools took part.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this incredible production! Massive thanks to all teachers and helpers and especially Devizes Rotary for making it happen, and to our brilliant soloist Jess Foord and accompanist Victoria Warren – you are all stars!
- St Nicholas Bromham
- The Trinity School
The young singers were absolutely outstanding, especially as some were appearing on a big stage for the very first time. We opened the show with Katy Perry’s ROAR – and this set the tone for the evening as the packed audience roared back in appreciation!
Soloist Jess Foord is a former member of First Stages and it was wonderful to see and hear her her perform again. She carried the children along with her as they provided an exciting and enthusiastic backing for her performance of This Is Me from The Greatest Showman
I have loved working with these amazing people and especially seeing the children grow in confidence at rehearsals – their faces on stage were fantastic to see – and those gorgeous bright fuchsia-pink t-shirts!! I am so very proud of them all. Their behaviour on a long hot day was immaculate, their performance onstage to a packed house very professional, and they are a credit to their parents and their schools.
Both Chris and I take away many happy memories of a perfect day which I hope we all share.
Our official photographer, Claire Allen LRPS, is busy editing hundreds of pics for us and these will be sent to the schools as soon as possible.
Thank you all so, so much – and remember, in the words of Simon May’s Leavers’ Song : ‘Au revoir means I’ll see you again’.
Children at Wansdyke Primary School and Southbroom Primary Academy recently received a token of their participation in Devizes Rotary’s ‘SuperChoir’, from Rotary’s President, Alan Martin. Now in its fourth year, Rotary’s ‘SuperChoir’ has provided the opportunity for primary schools to come together to sing some of their favorite songs. Held at Dauntsey’s School, in front of an invited audience of mums, dads, and grannies and grandads, more than 150 children came together from five local schools.
At each of the schools, President Alan Martin invited the youngest and oldest members of their SuperChoir, to join him in front of the whole school assembly, to be presented with the 2017 SuperChoir award.
He said he was delighted to be able to make the presentations during school assemblies and hoped that the schools he visited, would be encouraged to participate in future ‘SuperChoir’ performances.
When visiting The Trinity Church of England Primary Academy, King Artaxerxes – better known as Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin – looked forlornly into his empty tankard during a short performance at recent whole school assembly.
Worried that his wine had been poisoned, he took the opportunity to discount such worries and instead talk to the school about their recent SuperChoir performance at Dauntsey’s School.
All who had taken part stood proudly among their peers before the youngest, Chloe and the oldest Isla, came forward to receive a memento of their SuperChoir experience.
On Tuesday of this week, hundreds of people enjoyed the official opening event of theDevizes Community Hub and Library. The afternoon was a real community celebration, with activities for children, a bake-off cake competition, and superb performances from Devizes Rotary SuperChoir, and St Matthews Junior Choir, Rowde.
John Thomson, cabinet member for communities and libraries, said: “This fantastic new hub is part of Wiltshire Council’s programme of investment to create community campuses and hubs across the county.”
Devizes Rotary President Alan Martin was flattered to hear the choir introduced as ‘The Devizes SuperChoir’! In addressing the gathering at the opening of the event, President Alan was able to say how proud he and his colleagues in Devizes Rotary were of their SuperChoir, now in its fourth year.
Representing the 160 strong choir at the Community Hub, and singing a selection of songs first heard when the 2017 SuperChoir performed at Dauntsey’s school in July, were children from Southbroom, St Nicholas and Wansdyke Primary schools.
Once again, Devizes Rotary is grateful to their Artistic Director Carol Berry who, with the support of husband Chris, ensured the children were well rehearsed and ready to give a snapshot performance of Devizes Rotary’s SuperChoir.
Rotary is also very grateful to the mothers and teachers who gathered to support their children at the opening.
Some feedback from Graeme Morrison, Wiltshire Council’s Devizes Community Engagement Manager:
I would just like to add my sincere thanks, on behalf of Wiltshire Council, to all the children who took part in the SuperChoir yesterday at the hub, and to those schools that helped facilitate that. It was wonderful to see and hear the children in the new Community Hub and Library. I really hope they enjoyed performing as much as everybody enjoyed listening.
I’d also like to say a special thanks to Alan, and especially to Carol and Chris, for helping to make this happen.
All the best
The Devizes Rotary SuperChoir Concert went ahead as planned earlier this month. The Rotary Team, together with Artistic Director Carol Berry and Technical Director Chris Berry, spent the morning setting up the hall so that everything was ready for the choirs when they arrived in the early afternoon.
The Rotary Team then set up the canteen so that the children could enjoy their tea after they’d had time to practise together on the stage.
After tea it was suddently time for the performance, and what a performance it was as the children sang their hearts out to the 8 songs featured in the first part of the show.
The last song before the break was Peace will Come by Tom Paxton, and some of the children got an opportunity to explain to an enraptured audience what they believe the meaning of ‘peace’ is:
Time for a bit of fun during the break:
From Councillor Nigel Carter, Mayor of Devizes
The performance was wonderful, so proud of my little boy. All of the children were marvellous, such a wonderful event and a lovely way to spend an evening.
Well done to all involved.
To our supporters
The Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2017 Concert could not have happened without the help of our many supporters. These of course are primarily the children, but also include their teachers and family, Carole and Chris Berry, the Devizes Rotary Team and the following organisations:
The Devizes Rotary SuperChoir 2017 concert will take place on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at Dauntsey’s School. Pupils from Soutbroom St James Academy, St Nicholas VC Primary School, The Trinity CE Primary School, Wansdyke School and Woodborough CofE School will sing together on the main stage between 18:30 and 20:30, and once again all participating schools will receive a Devizes Rotary SuperChoir banner and plaque, and each member of the choir will receive a special commemorative t-shirt to be worn during the performance.
Simon May, one of the foremost TV and entertainment composers in the UK and best known for his Eastenders theme tune, will once again be there helping out, as will Carole Berry our Artistic Director, who will conduct the choir as they sing over a dozen popular songs including Rolling in the Deep by Adele and Sing by Gary Barlow.
Cliff Evans, President of Devizes Rotary said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the 2017 Event, particularly the teachers at the schools who have been working hard with their choirs since January. SuperChoir is a fantastic opportunity for pupils from across the Devizes area to share in the excitement of singing in one large choir. It’s also a great treat for the audience, so please come and join us on 12th July at 18:30 at Dauntsey’s School.”
Tickets are £5.25 each and can be obtained from http://www.superchoir.com/2017-tickets or from Devizes Books.