Voices were in tune and spirits were high as dozens of choir students at Bodden Town Primary School prepared for their turn in the National Children’s Festival of the Arts spotlight at the school on Wednesday morning.
For their efforts, the Bodden Town choirists received a gold award in the classical contemporary division for their rendition of “Whisper,” which was received with much hand clapping from the students and music teachers at the festival later the same day at Red Bay Church of God on Selkirk Drive.
“My students at Bodden Town Primary are all dynamic and talented musicians. My job as a music teacher is to find and nurture [their talents],” said Trilby Lingard, the music teacher who led the group, and who for the past months has been preparing the children for the competition.
Judges Janelle Tibbetts and Maryanne Chase praised the efforts of the choir, which featured a dynamic soloist in Jade Christian, and very good expressions from all the singers. In fact, they said, all the students performed exceptionally well, including the youngest ones.
“The staff and students of Bodden Town Primary School have worked very hard in preparing for the annual National Children’s Festival of the Arts,” said Principal June Elliot.
“I am delighted with the presentations that they have made and the subsequent results.”
The choir’s festival performances also included traditional folk and Christian gospel songs.
Since February, 12 primary schools have been taking part in the island-wide arts competition in different divisions, including choirs and small vocal ensembles, piano, strings, woodwind, brass and percussion.