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On Monday 12th March NChant were delighted to have been chosen to compete in the Barnardos National Youth Choir Competition Final 2018 at the Royal Festival Hall.  To enter we had sent a recording of two songs ( back in October) and we were selected to be in the final with five other senior school choirs (over 400 choirs had entered this competition!).

At 11am, we boarded the coach up to the Festival Hall and were in good spirits’ singing some popular music together as a warm up on the coach! On arrival there was a real buzz around the foyer of the concert hall as other choirs were gathered. We were taken backstage to our dressing room, and then after a short warm-up session it was our turn to go onto the fantastic stage at the Royal Festival Hall to perform for the Judges. It was scary but also exciting! We sang brilliantly, a testament to all the hard work that has been put in during all our rehearsals.

After performing there was time for a quick trip for dinner at Pizza Express. It was a chance for the choir to have time socially, away from the pressure of the competition. After a great meal we went back to the festival hall for a massed rehearsal with all the other primary and senior choirs who had also qualified for their place in the finals, to rehearse two joint songs.  It was a different experience for NChant to sing with other voices especially with male voices!

During the first half of the concert we got to watch some of the other choirs perform and then at the end of the second half, it was our turn to perform to the large audience (which included our supporters; parents, grandparents alongside Mrs Brinklow and Mrs Gregory).

Although we weren’t placed 1st or 2nd it was an achievement just reach the final 6 choirs! Overall we all had a really great time and despite being exhausted afterwards, it was a pleasure to represent RGS.

Francesca Lewell