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Cobham's choirs join forces to International Day of Peace

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 October 2018

A retiring collection raised nearly £150 for War Child. Picture: Claire Hargrove

A retiring collection raised nearly £150 for War Child. Picture: Claire Hargrove

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Singers from Cobham Choir came together last week (September 21) for a special performance as part of global project, One Day Choir.

They performed in Cobham Church in front of an audience of family, friends, colleagues and residents. Picture: Claire HargroveThey performed in Cobham Church in front of an audience of family, friends, colleagues and residents. Picture: Claire Hargrove

Cobham Hall’s Chamber Choir Benesonantes joined Cobham Choir and Cobham Primary School’s KS2 Choir for the inspiring initiative, which uses the power of singing to unite people around the world on the International Day of Peace.

Since it began in 2014, as a response to growing unrest and conflict in the world, more than a million people from all walks of life have joined in across more than 50 countries.

This was the first time that all three choirs had come together to sing as one group.

More than 60 singers with an age range of more than 60 years were involved with he project.

More than 60 singers with an age range of more than 60 years were involved with he project. Picture: Claire HargroveMore than 60 singers with an age range of more than 60 years were involved with he project. Picture: Claire Hargrove

Together, along with hundreds of other performers around the globe, they helped to form the largest choir in the world.

They performed in Cobham Church in front of an audience of family, friends, colleagues and local residents.

The programme was themed Love and Peace, and included This is Why We Sing, This is Me, Oh Lovely Peace and many more.

Sarah Rose, music lead at Cobham Primary, said: “It was such an incredible event and the children absolutely loved the opportunity to perform with everyone.

“I wish I could spend every Friday afternoon singing, that would be amazing - what a great way to start a weekend.

“The whole thing sounded amazing and it was wonderful for the children to experience choral singing from both Cobham Choir and the Cobham Hall girls.

“We cannot wait to collaborate on something again soon.”

Penny Clements, head of music at Cobham Hall and choir director of both Benesonantes and Cobham Choir, added: “It was such a great event - I particularly liked team conducting when we all came together to sing.

“It speaks volumes about music - when it’s being cut left right and centre, here we have all ages singing their hearts out with commitment and joy.”

A retiring collection raised nearly £150 for War Child, a charity chosen which helps children continue their education when their communities are being torn apart by conflict.

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