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New Horizons choir’s harmonies top church singing competition

New Horizons choir’s harmonies top church singing competition

Talented singers from New Horizons Children’s Academy in Chatham are celebrating after being awarded a prize in a local church singing competition.

The choir from New Horizons Children’s Academy, which is part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, won the award for harmony and blending in the Sing Off, organised by St Stephen’s Church to celebrate 60 years in the parish.

Three local primary schools competed in the Sing Off, New Horizons Children’s Academy, Balfour Junior Academy and Horsted Junior School.

Each choir had to sing two songs – one secular and one sacred. The New Horizon’s choir ably sang ‘Rather Be’ and ‘A gift to you’, cheered on by proud parents and teachers.

The competition was judged by three local business and community leaders. Prizes were awarded for the overall winner, enthusiasm and for harmony and blending, with the judges awarding New Horizon’s the latter.

The children were honoured to perform at the event marking this important milestone for St Stephen’s and to celebrate all the fantastic work that the Church has done in the Parish over the last 60 years.


Commenting on the choir’s success, Miss Madigan, a teacher at New Horizons Children’s Academy said:

“We were extremely proud of the hard work all our choir put into the performance. The children sacrificed lunch times for extra rehearsals, and we were so happy for all the children when they won the award.


Jody Murphy, Headteacher at New Horizons Children’s Academy, said:

“We are delighted that our choir was able to take part in the Sing Off, not only to showcase their talents and hard work, but also to celebrate St Stephen’s, which has been a huge part of the community here in Chatham for the last 60 years. The choir are a real credit to the school and this award was richly deserved.”


Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:

“Congratulations to the fantastic choir at New Horizons Children’s Academy on achieving this award. It’s fantastic to see the pupils’ hard work and dedication paying off. The choir’s success is also a testament to the staff at New Horizons, who so ably support pupils to excel, not just academically, but in the broad range of extracurricular activities on offer at the school.”