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The school is celebrating a double win at the North London Music Festival last week having been awarded the Iris Macer Shield for their performances and a £100 prize for the best overall choir in the Primary category.

Both choirs performed at St James’ Church in Muswell Hill and impressed both the audience and adjudicator with their performances, receiving distinctions in each category.  Highgate Primary school’s younger choir came joint first with Highgate Pre-Prep School Choir in the 8 years and under category whilst the older choir came first in the 11 Years and under.

Adjudicator Paul Hoskins was particularly impressed with the younger choir’s rendition of ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ which he praised for its ‘very assured rhythm’ and the children’s ‘beautiful, strong and warm sound.’

The older choir also impressed Paul with their ‘quality of tone’ and ability to sing confidently in two parts. Their performance of ‘Crazy’ with its ‘lovely sound and energy’ got everyone in the Church dancing in their seats.

Hilla Moshensen, Music and Performing Arts Leader at Highgate Primary School, has been conducting choirs at school since 2005. The school values music and performance so much that Hilla’s role now also includes specialist music teaching, even reaching our babies and toddlers in a ‘Shake, Wiggle and Sing’ music group at our on-site Family Centre.

Their choirs could be seen last year at the Highgate Fair in the Square and Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena – and will be joining many other choirs to support Bernardos Charity at the Royal Albert Hall this coming July.