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Truro High singers perform for Falmouth University’s First Chancellor

Truro High Chamber Choir had the privilege of being invited to perform for the installation of Falmouth University’s first Chancellor.

Most well known for her role in the Vicar of Dibley and work as part of comedy duo French and Saunders, comedian and novelist Dawn French was formally installed as the university’s first chancellor at King Charles the Martyr Church in Falmouth on Thursday 26th March. She was then escorted by the Lizard Stallions and Coach to a private reception at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth where the festivities continued throughout the afternoon.

The excited girls were given a tour of the castle before nervously waiting in the Green Room to perform to an audience of over 400 guests.

They sang Don Besig’s Take These Wings and Gershwin’s Love is Here to Stay. The Choir also performed The Lord is My Shepherd, a nod to one of Ms French’s most well-known roles in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’, which was specially arranged for the event.

Year 12 Chamber Choir member Freya Martin said: “It was a truly memorable experience. I was so excited to see Dawn, she even gave me a thumbs up when I performed my solo inThe Lord is My Shepherd.”

Truro High’s singers were in excellent company. The ceremony involved a wealth of entertainment including Falmouth University Orchestra, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Seth Lakeman and Falmouth based traditional Cornish singers The Oggy Men, whose line-up includes Truro High’s Head of Music Mr Rob Norman.

Mr Norman said: “The afternoon was absolutely fantastic. We have some phenomenally talented and very hard working musicians at Truro High and this has given our girls a chance to really showcase their talent in front of some very big names. It was an honour to participate in this prestigious event, especially as we were the only school choir to perform here today.”

Truro High Music Department offers many opportunities for students from Prep 2 through to Sixth Form to explore and develop their musical talents. The Department presents termly formal concerts, smaller informal class concerts and regularly participates in Music Festivals, external competitions and prestigious events throughout the year in order to stretch and celebrate musical ability at every level.

Published by: Grace Kennard

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