When the Big Day Out committee approached the Surrey Hills Singing School for a choir to perform at the evening event, we knew it was the perfect platform for our young performers. An outdoor stage, microphones, sound engineers, compère, a large audience of picnickers, as well as rubbing shoulders with other performers – including the main attraction The Jones Gang – what was there not to like! It was the perfect mini music festival and right on our doorstep.
The event was held on the last weekend of term and therefore many choir members were not available to sing. It was such a fabulous opportunity for the youngsters to experience that we combined the remaining members from SHYV and Glebelands in Harmony to create a new choir for the event.
Dressed in seasonal attire of a range summer colours and florals, the choir ranged from age 8-15. With no opportunity for rehearsal, the choir stepped on to the stage and had a quick sound check before entertaining the audience with their programme of five songs: Hello Hello – the all singing and dancing musical number by Eric Lane Barnes; And can you feel the love tonight – from the musical The Lion King by Elton John and Tim Rice; Don’t Stop Believin – the 1980s pop song by the group Journey; Hushabye Mountain – a beautiful ballad from the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with confident solos sung by Dolly and Grace; and finishing with the full version of Do-Re-Mi – from the musical The Sound of Music with the role of Maria brilliantly played by Ellie.
The choir sang and danced confidently and received much applause from the audience, as well as personal congratulations afterwards from committee members. It was a great experience for every singer, one I’m sure they will remember for some time to come.
We all had a fantastic time and are very grateful to the Ewhurst Big Day Out for providing us with the opportunity to perform.