Northampton Academy lend voices to Christmas music premiere

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Northampton Academy students sang with hundreds of their peers from across the UK at a special concert in London’s Southwark Cathedral.

The students had travelled to the captial to sing in the premiere performance of ‘Wassail! Carols of Comforts and Joy’, a brand new musical score composed by renowned composer Alexander L’Estrange.

The performance was organised by United Learning – a national group of schools which includes Northampton Academy.

United Learning’s Partnership Fund commissioned the piece to allow pupils first-hand experience of choral singing with the piece which draws on folk traditions with a modern twist influenced by both jazz and modern choral music.

Northampton Academy students had intensive rehearsals to learn and practise the piece, joining with the other schools on the day of the performance.

Yasmin Davenhill, Head of Music at Northampton Academy, said: “I am incredibly proud of my choir - they all sang brilliantly.”