Lots of talent among youth

The Schools Choir Competition is one that displays the superb talent that our youth possess.

That’s the view of Chief Education Officer Laurie King and coordinator of the event Anthony Sargeant. Both were pleased with the high calibre of the performances by both the primary and secondary schools.

“This competition has come of age and the quality exhibited was second to none. I believe the judges were fair in their decisions and I want to congratulate the winners,” King said.

He is also looking forward to the competition to be held on an annual basis rather than biannually as is currently the case. The Chief Education Officer believes this can be done because the demand is there for it.

King also made the correlation between learning and music.

“Music helps people learn in terms of the all round training it provides. I want schools to be at a place where children enjoy coming to school and where learning is fun. Music would help with this,” he noted.

Sargeant was very pleased with the public’s response to this year’s competition. He noted that he does not pay attention to the numbers but rather the crowd response. He was also very pleased with the standard of singing from both the secondary and primary school choirs which he described as “super”.

The success of this event is also very timely and he hinted that he might retire before the next competition.

“I may not be around for the next one so it ended on a very high note.”

Sargeant also hopes for a better response from the secondary schools in future competitions. Most secondary schools have more than one music teacher whereas some primary schools do not have any and yet they excel. He hopes that Springer Memorial Secondary School and Queen’s College will keep their work up and the other secondary schools would have something to envy. (KRC)

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