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Maria Fidelis Convent School is a split site inner city London Roman Catholic comprehensive. The school has a multicultural intake and draws its pupils from all parts of inner city London.
Since winning the Songs of Praise Senior Choir of the Year in 2010, the choir has had many invitations to perform at events, including prestigious occasions for prominent VIPs as well as performing in their local community and for charitable organisations at venues including Southbank Centre, the Royal Albert Hall, Southwark Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral.
The choir had the great honour of performing for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI during his state visit to the UK at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. They have also sung at the Commonwealth Day Observance attended by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, for the Mayor of London and at a number of corporate and charitable events.
The choir will perform Magnificent and Holy which is a beautiful choral piece, composed by the popular gospel artist Israel Houghton. It demonstrates a sweet subtlety as well as drama. The harmonies are exquisite, emphasised by the delivery of effective dynamics. The second piece the choir will sing is an arrangement of the traditional spiritual, Oh Mary, Oh Martha. This exciting, fast-paced interpretation features call and response, imitative staggered entries from the parts, close harmonies and a rich, jazz piano accompaniment.
Conductor: Karen Gibson
Age range of performers: 11-18
Magnificent & Holy - Israel Houghton
Oh Mary, Oh Martha - Trad, arr Karen Gibson