Ripon Grammar School’s Musicality Choir hit high note in competition

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Young singers are on a high after taking the top spot for their age group in the 80th anniversary year of a prestigious performing arts competition.

Ripon Grammar School’s Musicality Choir, which comprises more than 40 girls and boys from the first-third years, won the Year 9 and under class at the Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama.

The group, which is directed by music teacher Beth Morpeth, was presented with the White Rose Trophy at the competition, held at Harrogate Ladies’ College.

The choir, which meets once a week, performed a gentle Celtic-style arrangement of the song May It Be, which was originally composed and recorded by Enya for the Lord of the Rings films.

Their second piece was Cy Coleman’s The Rhythm of Life from the musical Sweet Charity.