Sometimes schools pay lip service to Community Service but in this case, at the very least, it’s hip service all the way for the Girton students who are lucky enough to support and perform with the Forever Young choir.
Forever Young, while it is an independent choir, has a strategic alliance with Girton that sees the choir and supporting music students rehearse from early February for the concert in September. This is a sustained effort by everyone, no lip service here.
Girton’s Senior String Orchestra and School Rock Band work hard to learn the instrumental repertoire that supports the choir. The synergy and on-stage antics between the young and the young at heart is priceless. Girton vocalists will stand side by side with choir members for select songs and let their voices soar with the groups’.
Here’s what some of the students say:
“Playing in the orchestra that supports the Forever Young choir is wonderful. Through the School I also help the Smith Family and the Salvation Army and I am part of my local CFA.
“This will be my first Forever Young concert and I think it’s important to help people for the pure act of kindness,” Simone Stephens, Year 8, Violin.
“I think Community Service is integral to developing an understanding of others within our community and an appreciation for the roles of all the inspiring people trying to create positive change.
“Being involved in the long rehearsal process for the annual Forever Young performance has allowed me to connect with older members in the community.
“Both orchestra and choir members have a special mutual respect for each other and it is lovely to contribute to making the choir sound its best and to be proud of their performance on the night,” Nellie O’Shea-Carre, Year 12, Violin.