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Youth Choirs music truly uplifting

PUBLISHED: 12:14 22 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 05 July 2010

IT was a damp Saturday evening, on December 6, in Southwold, but on entering the warm parish church we were greeted by the sight of a smiling group of young people clad in vibrant T-shirts, the colours of a modern stained glass window.

IT was a damp Saturday evening, on December 6, in Southwold, but on entering the warm parish church we were greeted by the sight of a smiling group of young people clad in vibrant T-shirts, the colours of a modern stained glass window.

This was the North Suffolk Youth Choir performing a wonderful selection of Christmas music, arrangements from the shows and spirituals; but most moving of all were some traditional Zimbabwean chants about having freedom and justice.

For an hour, without a sheet of music, the choir, a third of whom are boys, held us rapt. The solo items performed by Jamie Minns, Hannah Morgan and Dominic David testified to the inner confidence, skill and musicianship generated by working with a choir conductor such as Vetta Wise.

In these dark and difficult times when teenagers have such a bad press it was truly uplifting to see young people taking the opportunity not only to perform to such a high standard, but also to participate in an activity that requires teamwork, concentration and discipline and yet is enormously fulfilling and fun.

The Norfolk Suffolk Youth Choir is to be congratulated and supported wholeheartedly.

M THOMAS

Cox's Lane

Reydon

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