- The St John’s Academy Chorus sang ‘out of their socks’ last Saturday evening in the Finals of the Wiltshire Choir of the Year Competition, held in St John’s Church, Devizes. Four choirs had been selected from the heats held last Tuesday – Devizes Harmony (Devizes School), Staverton Primary School, St John’s Academy Chorus and St Mary’s, Calne.
After what had been only a good performance in the heats, the girls from St John’s really stepped up to the plate and gave an utterly compelling performance of their three pieces – Panis Angelicus, Johnny Todd and Fly Me To The Moon. The audience response was fantastic. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be our day. After a long delay, during which the adjudicators engaged in a lively exchange, the panel decided that we were to be runners up to St Mary’s, Calne. The girls of the Academy Chorus were naturally disappointed but Mr More, their Director of Performance, told them that they had given an exceptional account of themselves and could leave the venue with heads held high.
Several members of the audience – not parents of our students – came up afterwards and said that we were simply the ‘stand out’ choir of the evening, which was some consolation.
May has been highly successful month for choirs from St. John’s Academy. Mr More said that achieving 1st place with the Year 7&8 Competition Choir at Cheltenham, and then 2nd with the Academy Chorus in the Wiltshire Choir of the Year, is a record of which all those involved can feel justly proud.