The Lancashire village of Tarleton could be forgiven for thinking that a choir of angels had descended on them when the Tarleton Community Primary School choir began its rehearsal for the Last Choir Singing heats.
The 46-strong choir is an entrant in the ‘Last Choir Singing’ competition, organized and sponsored by True Bearing Chartered Financial Planners, and its enthusiasm and charm is infectious.
Philippa Russman, the choir’s Musical Director, has doubled the number of children in the choir since she took over the running of it two years ago. Music is in Philippa’s blood. Her mother is a singer and her father a professional guitarist. Philippa began singing and playing the piano when she was 4 years old, so it is no surprise that she has had so much success in developing the choir.
Philippa and the children are thrilled at the idea of being part of the ‘Last Choir Singing’ competition. ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to showcase their talent and give them a sense of achievement and pride,’ says Philippa. ‘They put so much of their energy into their singing. It is a delight to be part of their musical education and a competition like the ‘Last Choir Singing’ will not only allow them to perform to a large audience but will stretch them and take them to the next level. They deserve this chance, and a bit of healthy competition will be good for them.’
Tarleton Community Primary School is very proud of its choir. Philippa and the Head Teacher, Angela Fleming, feel that it is immensely important for schools to offer children the chance to develop their singing ability and would encourage all schools to have a choir. Studies show that singing brings a feeling of well-being and the choir is often used to help teach the other children in the school to sing.
Junior schools throughout Lancashire have seized this wonderful opportunity to showcase the musical vocal talent within their schools. The ‘Last Choir Singing’ is a county-wide choir competition, which True Bearing Chartered is running in partnership with Lancashire Music Hub, Blackburn with Darwen Music Hub and Blackpool Music Education Hub.
The winning choir will receive £1,000 towards music equipment for their school. The runner- up will receive £500 and winners of the regional heats will receive £250 each. The winner will also be awarded with the True Bearing Chartered Last Choir Singing Trophy.