On Saturday 7th November, 32 members of the Crypt school choir were invited to sing, as part of a massed choir of 200 children and adults from Gloucester schools, at the opening of the England vs New Zealand Rugby league opening match at the Olympic Park stadium in London in front of 42000 spectators. The event was organised by Chant Productions and Lisa Mayo as part of the Gloucester singing strategy.
The choir, performing alongside 180 other young people from schools across Gloucestershire, enjoyed the unique and exciting experience of singing before a rugby game and then having the rare opportunity to watch an international rugby match at the Olympic Park in London.
The choir, comprising students from years 7-13 (all also members of our main school choir), worked alongside an opera singer and vocal coach in advance of the game to prepare a range of pop anthems. Whilst the teams were limbering up, the choir sang a mash up of pop anthems, with great musical detail and enthusiasm.
The icing on the cake was the opportunity for the choir to sing both the New Zealand and England national anthems, along with both teams, the Coldstream Guards, and a professional signer – a truly euphoric experience. After all this excitement, students had the opportunity to watch the match the Kiwis beat England 9-2.
In all, this was a wonderful day and a truly unique, memorable experience which allowed us to indulge two great passions: rugby and music! Our pupils sang brilliantly and behaved impeccably – they were a real credit to the school.