Lea Valley Junior School Choir Competition - 2017
Congratulations to Roselands Primary School in Hoddesdon who were the winners of the third annual Lea Valley Junior School Choir competition organized by Amwell Rotary Club. As well as individual winners medals for all of the choir members, they also received £200.00 for their school and get to keep the trophy for the next 12 months.
Based on their submitted recordings, five finalists from the 12 schools who entered were chosen by the judges. These were Downfield Primary from Cheshunt, Stapleford Primary School, Abel Smith School from Hertford, Millbrook Primary from Cheshunt and Roselands Primary from Hoddesdon. They each sang two songs live at The Spotlight, formerly Broxbourne Civic Hall, on Wednesday 24th May. During the evening other local young people with musical talent also entertained the audience.
The judges for the competition were Derek Harrison, Musical Director for Hertford Choral, Deanne Tucker, Head of Music at John Warner School and Paul Burrell, formerly Head of Music at Presdales School.
Huge thanks to everyone who took part and to everyone who came along and supported the choirs at the finals concert.
The 2018 Competition
Arrangements for the 2018 School Choir Competition are now underway!
Schools wishing to enter can download a registration form HERE
A copy of the competition rules can be downloaded HERE
Below, there are some photographs from the 2017 Competition Final Concert. Moving the cursor over any of the thumbnail images, or tapping them on a touch screen, will display a larger version.
Here's what people have to say about the event
“The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it was lovely to get the opportunity to hear other choirs sing. We are already looking forward to taking part in next year's competition, so we hope that it will be repeated.”
Penny Chandler, Deputy Head Teacher, The Cranbourne Primary School
“I truly had a great evening. I invited incoming District Governor Prue Dixon to travel with me and she too thoroughly enjoyed the evening. We are both looking forward to next year’s competition.”
Iola Samuels, Rotary District 1260 Youth Service Committee Chair
"The judges, as representatives of singing in schools and adult choirs, were pleased to be part of this important initiative. They were also impressed with the standard of the schools who took part."
Derek Harrison, Musical Director Hertford Choral Society
"It was a fantastic evening!”
Jane Carson, Head, Roselands Primary Schoo
"Thank you to everyone involved in last night's wonderful event at the Spotlight Theatre. It was an amazing privilege for our children to be able to perform at such an event, and to be inspired by the performances of others. The host was superb - kind, warm, engaged and well-prepared, ensuring that the evening never dragged even whilst lots of young children shuffled on and off stage. I do hope that you are able to continue to run the event long into the future, and that you've raised lots of money for charity!"
Melanie and Nick McMahon (Parents of child at Abel Smith school)
"We would like to pass on our thanks to the Rotary Club for taking the time to organise the choir competition. At Downfield we have a diverse community and music is such a fantastic way of allowing children to express themselves. The children in our choir last night came from varying backgrounds and some of them find school and learning very difficult, the choir is a chance for them to shine. It meant a lot to all of us last night to be able to share our love of music and they loved sharing their news in assembly this morning. Thank you for the opportunity. We also thoroughly enjoyed watching the other performers in the second act."
Evelyn Pope and Laura Stevenson, Downfield School
"We thoroughly enjoyed last night and I was like immensely proud of my boys. Having never sang in front of an audience of that size or on a stage that big, they were incredibly smart and professional. I am definitely looking forward to re-entering next year. Thank you for organising the event."
Amy Debnam, Abel Smith School