Notre Dame’s choir were treated to a visit from four professional singers, three of whom have been members of The Sixteen (one of the world’s most renowned choral ensembles), on November 17.
Soprano Lindsey James, Alto Rachel Maby, Tenor Max Robbins, and Bass Freddie Crowley joined our long-standing Choral Director Lizzie Leather from the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme. Together, they lead our staff and students through a variety of vocal exercises and songs that included Kate Rusby’s Underneath the Stars.
Our choir was inspired by their presence, and very much enjoyed finding out more about the life of a professional singer. One student was especially wowed when told about some of the amazing events the visitors had taken part in.
Catherine Herring, our Director of Catholic Life, said, 'This was an amazing opportunity for our students to experience singing with professionals and so benefit from their expertise.’
The two choirs at Notre Dame – one of which focuses on chamber and chapel music, the other on musical theatre – meet and practise each week. Students who join may be part of our Theatre Arts Department, or may just enjoy singing regularly. New members are always welcome.
The Sixteen is “a performing arts charity which exists to take beautiful and inspiring choral music, from the Renaissance to today, to as wide and diverse an audience as possible.” You can read more about their work, and current choir and orchestra members here.