KAA Choir: An example of how singing drives social change

Kensington Aldridge Academy was founded in 2014 and is now a vibrant school with a sixth form. Under the guidance of Mr. Rigby and Miss Cockell, the school has a highly successful choir that rehearses once every week for one hour.

This accomplished school choir enjoys singing a wide variety of music; for example, in March they sang at the Royal Albert Hall in the premiere of an orchestral and choir masterpiece, the Tri-Borough Music Hub‘s Convo performance.

Following the Grenfell tragedy the school was relocated to a temporary site for a year, and to celebrate the return to the original building, the choir, with support from the BBC and Gareth Malone, their new choirmaster, staged an ambitious Welcome Back concert in the original school theatre.

Later in May, Gareth Malone and the KAA choir also performed at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony following their appearance in the BBC2 documentary The Choir: Our School by the Tower earlier this year.

We were blown away by the way all students rose to the occasion and put on a fantastic performance.
KAA choir at BAFTA awards ceremony

Since the new school year started in September, the choir has been working hard to prepare for their performance today and are proud to share their stories. They also have a YouTube Channel with close to 400 subscribers, and their students have been visited by famous concert piano player Land Lang to give a surprise masterclass to Adea, aged 10, ahead of her Grade 7 piano exam.

At KAA, they believe that music education can all too easily be undervalued in the competing demands of a crowded school curriculum, yet music has enormous proven benefits for children, such as knock-on improvements in literacy and numeracy, as well as a vital boost in self-esteem, confidence, teamwork, and discipline.

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