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Girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, boarding for girls from 9


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Review: Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival 2017

On Thursday, our senior choir members took part in the 2017 Norfolk High School Choir Festival at St Andrews Hall in Norwich – a fantastic opportunity to sing with a full range of voices in a large choir. The girls spent all day polishing a variety of pieces to perform to an appreciative full-house audience in the evening.  Our thanks to Mrs Greene for her coaching and for taking the girls, and to Felicity’s mother for the following review:

“The choir and orchestra kicked off with a jubilant rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus. I was very impressed that no one inserted an extra ‘Hallelujah’ in the pause before the end, a mistake that even highly professional singers have been known to make. The other highlights of the evening for me were the performance of ‘Rule the World’ (Take That), the selections from ‘Wicked’ and Carl Orff’s ‘O Fortuna’.

In the last two performances, the orchestra and wind band were a perfect accompaniment to the choirs. The high voices of the pupils were a great contrast to the depth of the orchestral score. In ‘O Fortuna’ the choirs brought fantastic cheerfulness to the gloomy Latin text: you would never have guessed that the singers are actually railing against fortune! As the singers sang their hearts out, the cymbals clashed, the tubas boomed and the rafters rang, ending the evening on a fantastic note of exhilaration. Well done to all of the pupils who participated. You did a fantastic job.”

 


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Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival

Twenty members of Hethersett Old Hall School senior choir took part in the 2015 Norfolk High School Choir Festival at St Andrews Hall in Norwich earlier this month.

They spent all day learning seven pieces of music ranging from ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams to an unaccompanied piece in Latin by the 16th century composer Thomas Tallis.  After refuelling with pizza at a local restaurant, they then performed a well-received concert to family and friends.

This was a fantastic opportunity to sing with a full range of voices in a large choir.

Overall it was a great, unique and memorable experience which we were all proud and lucky to be a part of. Many thanks to Mrs Greene for her coaching and for taking the girls.

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Video clip of the Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival

A short video clip of the Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival that took place at Saint Andrew’s Hall last month. Some of our Year 7 & Year 8 pupils are clearly visible in their kilts on the front row!
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Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival

Hethersett Old Hall School senior choir were lucky enough to take part in the 2013 Norfolk High School Choir Festival last night.

This festival gathered together 400 students, representing 10 schools from all across Norfolk. We sang 15 songs in total, from the good old ones such as the Vivaldi Gloria, to more recent ones, such as Rehab by Amy Winehouse. We spent all of yesterday  perfecting the songs, ready to perform them that evening.

Overall it was a great, unique and memorable experience which we were all proud and lucky to be a part of. Many thanks to Mrs Green for her coaching and for registering us.

Daniele Marta


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Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival tonight

Members of the HOHS choir will be taking part in the Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Norwich tonight.

We wish them the very best of luck.


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Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival

On Thursday 18th October 2012 our school choir took part in the Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Norwich.

10 local schools combined to form a large choir of 500 singers. Our conductor was Richard Allain, the Director of Music at Norwich School. The Intermediate County Youth Orchestra also played and accompanied us. The concert began at 7pm and lasted for about an hour. Our programme included many popular songs and spirituals such as One love, Good News, Dancing In The Street and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

We left school at 10am and spent the whole day practising at Saint Andrews Hall. Then we went for a delicious meal with Mrs Greene at Bella Italia Restaurant, before going back for the concert in the evening. Family and friends came along to listen and support us.

It was an incredible experience for me to sing in such a large choir, our voices blended and we created an amazing sound, thanks to our conductor Richard Allain. He really motivated and inspired us to sing our hearts out!

Bridget Holmes

Norfolk High Schools’ Choir Festival – Chasing Cars (by Snow Patrol) – October 20th 2011