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Raising the roof for homeless charity

Quaker choristers sang their hearts out on Saturday (1 April) and raised more than £880 for an Oxfordshire homeless charity. The 2017 Friends Schools Joint Choir Festival was hosted by Sibford School and took place at St Mary’s Church in Banbury.

Choristers from Sibford were joined by pupils from Ackworth School near Pontefract, Walden School in Saffron Walden and Friends’ School in Lisburn to form a joint choir of more than 100 young voices.

Highlight of the festival was the combined choir performance of Fauré’s Requiem. Other pieces included ‘The Gift to be Simple’ performed by Ackworth Choir; ‘Codhlaim go suan id Chroí’ performed by Friends’ School Lisburn; ‘One Day More’ performed by Walden choir; and Mozart’s ‘Ave Verum’ performed by the Sibford choir.

Entrance to the festival was free … with charity funds being raised through a retiring collection.

Toby Spence, Head of Sibford School, said: “It was a fantastic evening. The combined choir sounded absolutely brilliant and I am delighted that we were able to raise so much money for the Banbury Young Homelessness Project.”