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Tonbridge girls sing their way to golden success in Latvia

By Alan Smith

Thirty-three girls from Tonbridge Grammar School travelled to Latvia to take part in an international choir competition – and came back laden with medals.

The girls wowed the judges at the 3rd European Choir Games in Riga, where there were more than 150 choirs from 39 countries.

Choirmaster Adrian Pitts, who has run the choir for 25 years, said: “We are delighted and still can’t believe it wasn’t a dream. The girls took on choirs from all over the world – not only their age, but adults as well.”

Tonbridge Grammar School's Motet choir in Riga, Lativa,
Tonbridge Grammar School's Motet choir in Riga, Lativa,

The girls aged 14 to 18 took part in the open competitions singing in the Youth Choir and Accompanied Sacred Music categories and having won gold in the open, then qualified for the European Champions category too.

The TGS Motet Choir won a gold diploma for their Youth Choir Open Category performance, but also took the gold medal in the Youth Choir Champions’ competition. The medals continued with a silver medal in the Sacred Music Champions’ category.

The awards were presented before a 10,000 strong audience with national flags and anthems for the winners and the ceremony streamed live on TV.

Choir member Amelia Rawstorne said: “It felt like we were in the Olympics of the musical world – everyone was cheering and applauding.”

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