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St John’s choir reaches national competition finals

The St John’s Academy Choir travelled to London yesterday (9 February) to take part in the final of the Barnardo’s National Choir competition at the Royal Festival Hall.

The choir, consisting of 29 girls from Years 8-13 and directed by Max More, St John’sSt John's Festival Hall reduced DSC_6981 Director of Performance, had won the previous round to reach the highly competitive final. The choir found themselves against stiff opposition from schools across the UK. Despite not winning the competition, the final was a great experience for the students, who all enjoyed performing at a major national venue. In getting through to the finals, the St John’s choir had pushed out several other choirs that had regularly been finalists in previous years.

Mr More is very proud of the choir’s achievement. “I was immensely proud of what the girls achieved yesterday” he said. “They have been telling me for weeks that it would all be OK on the day, and it most certainly was! For a choir that has only been in existence for just over a year, and with limited rehearsal time, we have done commendably well. As ambassadors for St John’s, the students were simply exemplary. For a number of the Sixth Form choir members this was their last performance before their examination schedules take over; I wish them every success and thank them for their fantastic contribution to the choir….”.

Nine members of the choir now have just a few days to rest their voices before they head into final rehearsals for the St John’s musical, the schools version of We Will Rock You. The show is being performed over four nights, 23, 25, 26 and 27 Feb and is also directed by Max More. Tickets are on sale from Ticketsource: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/112536

‘Queen of Teen’ author Cathy Cassidy visits FHS

We are delighted to be joined by this talented and charming best-selling author on Wednesday 3rd February. To date, Cathy Cassidy has written almost 30 young adult fiction books which have touched the hearts of tens of thousands of people.

This visit will see Cathy talking about her popular ‘Chocolate Box’ books, as well as
captivating the audience as she shares her journey from journalism through to internationally recognised author. Her teenage fans will also be treated to some top tips for friendships and daydreaming!

All our Year 7 and 8 girls will be attending this fascinating session along with Elmfield students and Year 5 & 6 pupils from local primary schools. After the talk, they will have the opportunity to ask Cathy questions, before being able to buy the book, which can then be signed by Cathy herself.

Visit www.cathycassidy.com for a peek into Cathy’s world where you can read her blog, enter competitions, view a special YouTube channel where fans can go behind the scenes and meet the characters in their awesome video blogs, and uncover ideas for fun friendship activities!


St John’s academy chorus through to the finals

The St John’s Academy Chorus has been selected as one of the finalists in the
Barnardo’s National Choral Competition and is one of only six secondary age choirs in the country to go through.

The chorus will be singing in the Finals at the Royal Festival Hall on Tuesday 9th February.

The choir is directed by St John’s Director of Performance Mr Max More.

We wish the team the very best of luck!