Ifield Community College Choir is a school choir, which embodies inclusivity and excellence. Seven times regional winners and national finalists at the National Festival of Music For Youth (1991,1994, 2000, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015) and one of two choirs chosen by the BBC to represent the UK in the Let the Peoples Sing competition (2011), the choir represents 14 nationalities and has an equal mix of boys and girls.
Its demanding, innovative but accessible repertoire, sung in up to 12 parts, draws from choral traditions from around the world and across the centuries. The choir is currently in a creative association with the BBC Singers.
The choir has performed five times on BBC Radio 3, including a live performance from London's Roundhouse in 2012. The choir perform on Rihanna's single Towards the Sun from the DreamWorks animation Home (2015).
The choir is noted for its diverse and eclectic repertoire, which speaks directly to its teenage members, and delights its audiences. Much of the repertoire is sung acappella, with material coming from community music traditions from around the world, popular music, secular and sacred art music and musical theatre.
"The repertoire is eclectic." writes the TES" Gospel songs, Crosby, Stills and Nash, a touch of Oasis, madrigals, music from folk traditions in Africa, New England and other places - all are grist to the mill. "
"From the very first note I was completely transformed. Some incredible singing" "Outstanding"
National Festival of Music for Youth 2010
"School Music at its best.....an instantly captivating sound....sung with passion, commitment and a naturally musical 'feel"
Gillian Dibden. National Festival of Music for Youth 2010
"Astonishing and moving........exciting, energetic and uninhibited"
Times Educational Supplement
The choir makes a major contribution to its community, performing at charity , fundraising and civic events. A full account of recent events can be read on the choir blog.
The choir has appeared on radio and TV - once in Switzerland! -and was the subject of a film by SVC Television
In 2011 the choir was the subject of features on BBC Radio 3's Music Matters and in the Times. They also recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studio 1. The choir has performed at major venues in the UK and Europe, including The Royal Festival Hall, St Mark's Basilica in Venice, Barcelona Cathedral, Birmingham Town Hall and Canterbury Cathedral.
ICC Choir has been responsible for "raising the aspirations and self-esteem of hundreds of pupils over the years" writes Gerald Haigh in the Times Educational Supplement. Its inclusive policy reflects the full variety of Crawley's diverse population, with nearly a third of its membership born outside the UK.
Sussex Society Magazine August 2011