Thetford Voices Go for Gold on 26 March!
Children from three Junior schools celebrated the Olympics in a Thetford Voices Singing Workshop held on Monday 26 March.
The Workshop was based around three original songs written by local song leader John Weeks. First the Olympic Torch Relay was celebrated by a song appropriately sung as a round, each part following on in relay after the other. We then learnt the folk-style 'Sing Hey-Ho', based on the surprising history of the modern Olympic Games with its Victorian origins in the little Shropshire village of Much Wenlock, and dramatised the early verses with mime of things like football, tilting with lances and blindfold wheelbarrow racing, which all took their place in the 1860s side by side with foot races.
Finally, we all enjoyed pitching in to the anthemic 'Spirit of the Games', with a rousing piano accompaniment from Polina, the words suggesting that friendship rather than fame would be the more significant legacy of the Games for those who took part.
Interestingly, 'Spirit of the Games' was arranged by established composer and conductor James Weeks, whose vocal ensemble EXAUDI is one of the groups chosen to take part in the New Music 20x12 Olympic Celebration nationally.
The songs were given in the setting of a powerpoint display which gave the 60 children taking part a chance to learn about the Olympic movement with 123 days to go to London 2012. Mary Ann Barclay (harp) joined John and Polina delivering the workshop which closed with a short performance for parents at the end of the afternoon.
Report by John Weeks.