A TONBRIDGE school choir is putting the final preparations to their programme before they take part in the largest international choral competition in Europe this summer – The European Choir Games.

The TGS Motet Choir from Tonbridge Grammar School will be heading to Riga, in Latvia, in July to compete against 100 of the very best choirs from around the world, from Canada to New Zealand and China to Bulgaria.

In March, the all-girl singing group were finalists in the National Choir Competition at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre. Next month they will be just one of the five British choirs at the global competition.

Prestigious

Aged between 14 and 18, the 33-strong female choir were founded in 1992 by Assistant Head Teacher Adrian Pitts.

For the youngest singer, Alto Erin Connell, 14, this is her first experience of competing with the choir.

While for the longest serving members, Alto Charlotte Bailey and Soprano Lauren Hogan, both 18, it is their swansong after four years with the choir.

“It’s such an honour to be asked to take part in such a prestigious event and compete against the best youth choirs from across the world,” said Mr Pitts.

“In 2015, the choir won a silver diploma in Germany – we are desperate to give our young singers at this school, the opportunity to try to go for gold this time.”

In preparation, the young choir will be performing at the school on Thursday July 13 before they fly to Riga on Sunday.