September 27th 2018
One Day, One Choir
To celebrate the International Day of Peace, Cobham Hall’s Chamber Choir, Benesonantes, and Cobham Choir, both lead by our Head of Music Ms Clements, joined with Cobham Primary’s KS2 Choir to form the Massed Choirs of Cobham.
The group performed in the village church as part of a global initiative to celebrate the international day on Friday, 21st September. It was quite a feat, gathering over 60 singers, aged from 8 to over 70, as one group for first time.
Joining with singers worldwide in over 50 countries, to fulfil the aim of bringing people together through music, the Choirs performed for friends, family, colleagues and villagers with a wide age range from a one year old infant through to over 80. Some audience members were at their first ever concert, others were regular concert aficionados, but all had a wonderful time. Those in attendance were treated to Cobham Choir and Benesonantes singing ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ from The Lion King by Elton John and Tim Rice, ‘O Lovely Peace’ from Judas Maccabaeus by Handel, and ‘Let There be Peace on Earth’ by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson. The Primary School sang ‘Singing Together’ (written for Young Voices 2018), ‘This is Why We Sing’ by Greg Gilpin, and ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Assembled, the three choirs sang ‘Make Me a Channel of your Peace’ set by Sebastian Temple, and this can be heard here.
Those in attendance were awed by the performance, with many positive comments received by Claire Hargrove, founder of Cobham Choir. Sarah Rose, Music Lead at Cobham Primary said, “It was such an incredible event and the children absolutely loved the opportunity to perform with everyone. I wish I could spend every Friday afternoon singing, that would be amazing - what a great way to start a weekend. The whole thing sounded amazing and it was wonderful for the children to experience choral singing from both Cobham Choir and the Cobham Hall girls. We cannot wait to collaborate on something again soon.”
In addition, the effort also raised almost £150 for War Child. Well done to all involved!