Shrewsbury School

Massed choirs sing ‘Ahoy! for the Mary Rose’

Friday 13 February 2015

More than 200 singers of all ages took to the stage in the Alington Hall on Sunday 8th February for a rousing and hugely enjoyable performance of ‘Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose’.

Shrewsbury’s Chapel Choir and Community Choir were joined by singers from Birchfield, Prestfelde, S. Anselm’s, Shrewsbury High Prep and Oxon Primary Schools, who had all clearly worked extremely hard learning songs and actions and performed with huge enthusiasm and great accomplishment on the night.

'Ahoy!' was written by Alexander L’Estrange in 2013 for the opening of the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth and celebrates the salvage of King Henry VIII’s warship from the seabed of the Solent, 450 years after she sank. It fuses together a wonderful medley of sea shanties with music from Tudor times and was performed with great gusto by the assembled choirs, directed by Alex Mason.

They were accompanied by Alexander L’Estrange himself on keyboard with his Call Me Al Quintet.

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