Stateside tour on song thanks to shipping specialist

A firm of shipping specialists is supporting the first ever transatlantic musical tour for students at a Newport school. 

Thirty pupils which make up the choir at Newport Girls’ High School will fly out to New York next April for a five day tour of the US city.

It’s the first music tour the school has ever organised and it will be led by music teacher Alison Chapman.

Telford based Global Freight, which exports and imports goods worldwide for a number of business across the UK and beyond, has thrown its support behind the tour by sponsoring and providing a new uniform for the choir.

Managing director Anton Gunter visited the school to speak to students involved and hand over the polo shirts which will be worn during the choir’s performances.

Anton said: “We are always looking for opportunities to support the local community and when we heard about this project it seemed like a really good fit for us.

“The US is a big market for us so we are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the choir’s first ever overseas trip. It’s very exciting for the students to be given the opportunity to perform to a much wider audience and I’m sure they will be a huge hit. We wish them the best of luck for April.”

Headteacher Michael Scott added: “The choir is working hard and rehearsing solidly at the moment in preparation for the visit to New York. The trip will give our students a taste of what it’s like to perform in a big metropolis and they are looking forward to entertaining the New York public.

“The choir is of an excellent standard and we are very grateful to Anton and his team for providing the students and teachers with a fitting attire which will reflect their professionalism whilst on tour.”

During the trip, the choir is scheduled to take part in two concerts at iconic New York venues and they will perform a range of modern classics as well as songs from popular musicals.

They will also be given the opportunity to watch a Broadway show and take part in a workshop conducted by Broadway actors and actresses.

The choir members will also be joined by the school’s jazz ensemble and the musicians will be treated to a New York-style jazz workshop.