Two-day music trip strikes right chord for Teesdale School students

A TWO-day trip to Cambridge struck the right chord for a group of Teesdale music students.

Forty pupils from Teesdale School, Barnard Castle, performed a concert and then took their seats to enjoy some world class choral music.

Under the direction of teachers David Ferrari and Mary Houlton, the Teesdale School Wind Band and singing group Vocal Tees entertained 150 pupils at Fen Ditton School to an afternoon of popular and classical numbers, ranging from Prokofiev's Troika to Impossible, most recently popularised by X-Factor's James Arthur.

The highlight was a rousing version of 'Hey Jude', in which the young audience joined in the chorus.

Following the performance, staff at Fen Ditton School invited Teesdale to return next year, with plans for a joint performance in the pipeline.

The Teesdale youngsters then attended a candlelit choral evensong at King's College Chapel, at which they were enthralled by the precise and melodic singing from the choristers.

Afterwards, musical director, Stephen Cleobury, invited the students to attend the choristers’ rehearsal on their next visit.

Teesdale School vice-principal Marjorie Bedwell said: “It's fantastic to see our enormously talented students broadening their experience in such fantastic surroundings and performing in a way that is a real credit to the school.”

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