Ifield Community College Choir

Alumni and former members of


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History of the Choir

1987 Choir formed after the school's first 'pop concert' and performs for the first time at St Margaret's Church, Ifield

1989 Choir enters its first regional festival of the NFMY

         6th month collaboration with The London Sinfonietta: 'Explorations' 


1991 Winners of the regional heat of the National Choral Festival at Logan Hall, University of London.

         Performance  in the Final at the Royal Festival Hall, London

         Christmas collaboration with Concordia Choir, Crawley


1992 Perfomance at the Silver Jubilee of Sussex University

1993 Host and share concerts with the Australian National Girls Choir

1994 Winners of the regional heat of the National Choral Festival (Woking) and perform at the final in the        

          Royal Festival Hall London

          Host and share concerts with the Australian Youth Choir and the Spence School Choir from New York

          Performance at Arundel Cathedral and Horsham Arts Centre as part of West Sussex `international Youth Music

          Festival (repeated 1995 and 1996)

1995 Perform at the Montreux Choral Festival, Switzerland in the Chateau de Chillon, The Olympic Museum and the

         Auditorium Stravinski

         Performance at Central Hall, Westminster at a 2,000 delegate education conference on "Excellence in Education"

         Staging of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods

         Week -long hosting of Larry Gordon and the Village Harmony Choir (repeated 1996, 1997 2001 and 2004)

1996 Performance tour to Barcelona and Costa Brava, performing at the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and the Old Castle,

         Tossa de Mar

         Film about the choir made by SVC Television, directed by Andrew Vere - recorded at Angel Studios, Islington and

         in Crawley    

1997 Publication of Singing Matters (Heinemann) by Patrick Allen, including many choir items                                    

         Choir members perform for a week in touring producion of Joseph 

         Christmas Collaboration with Concordia choir


1998 Performance in the mass at St. Mark's Basilica, Venice as part of a concert tour of the area. Performance in


         Choir the subject of a feature in the Times Educational Supplement  called In Tune with the Real World 

         Patrick Allen wins the Times Educational Supplement Schoolbook Award

1999 Publication of Developing Singing Matters (Heinemann), including a number of choir items

         Shared concert performance of Carmina Burana with the Weald Choir


2000 Regional winners at National Festival of Music for Youth. Performance at Final in London at the Queen

         Elizabeth Hall

2004 Patrick Allen wins Guardian Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year (SE England)

         Shared performance of Dido and Aeneas with the Weald Choir

2006 Choir perform at the opening of the new Ifield Community College

2007 Performance at Canterbury Cathedral for the Teaching Awards Trust (repeated 2008,2009)


2008 Performance tour to Venice, performing at St Mark's Basilica and the Basilica ss Giovanni e Paolo

2009 Regional winners at the National Festival of Music for Youth (Woking heat). Only choir from Kent and

         Sussex to perform at the final in  Birmingham Town Hall

         Performance tour to Spain, performing concerts at Barcelona Cathedral and in the Church of Tossa de Mar

         Performance and workshop at the Royal College of Music for the National Association of Music Educators


2010 Regional winners at the National Festival of Music for Youth (Reading heat). Only choir from Kent and

         Sussex to perform at the final in  BirminghamTown Hall

         Shared concert of Carmina Burana with the Weald Choir

         Recording for BBC Radio 3 with four of the BBC Singers. An adaptation of the Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem,  

         featuring Chagssoian rhythms and a Chagossian lament.

2011 Selected by the BBC as the only choir to represent the UK in the "open" category at the semi-finals of  

         the prestigious international choral competition"Let the Peoples Sing", organised by the EBU.

         Performed for the international conference "Chagos Regagne" at the Royal Geographical Society

         Feature about the choir published in The Times.

         Two joint concerts with all 24 of the BBC Singers "Rhythms of the World", performed in Crawley and at BBC  

         Maida Vale Studio 1.

         Feature about the choir aired in BBC Radio 3 programme "Music Matters"                                   

         Choir represents the UK on Radio 3 in the Let the Peoples Sing Gala Concert


         Chagossian drummers provide the music for A Few Man Fridays staged by Cardboard Citizens at the  

         Riverside Studios Hammersmith.

         Choir selected to perform in Voices Now at the London Roundhouse. Choir further selected to perform in the live

         broadcast on BBC Radio 3, opening the show.    

TES article CHOIR FILM TES Award Rhythms of the World Music Matters Chagos Regagne Times article