On Thursday night I attended the Tamworth Primary Schools Choral Festival. I went because I had wonderful memories of the Combined Schools Choirs which used to be held when my children were in primary school.
There were children seated on tiered seating from the back of the stage to floor level and, at the conductor’s three hand-signals: "sit up straight", “stand" and “sing”, my heart leapt and I simply could not stop smiling for the next almost two hours. This wonderful group of bright-eyed children with happy faces, sang their hearts out with great enthusiasm, never missing a beat or a word, handling complicated parts singing and conveying the meanings of the songs.
A lot of credit must be given to the teachers who led their students along this path to the final night of the event, as well as the conductor, Natalie Brown, who held the children in the palm of her hand, and to Chris Jackson, principal of Nemingha School and president of the Eisteddfod Society, who decided to revive what was, in the past, a very popular annual event.
But the night goes to the children. As well as singing their hearts out, they compered the show themselves. They did a wonderful job of the evening and, with children like these in our town, Tamworth is in very good hands. Thank you to you all and I hope you do it again next year.
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