The Babington House School Chamber Choir was in fine voice on Wednesday, when pupils sang so professionally in the Great War Concert. The evening, a joint venture with the Chislehurst Society, was very well attended by Chislehurst Society members, residents from the Duke of Kent Home in Shepherds Green, staff, parents and many neighbours. As Mr Lello, the Headmaster of Babington House, said "this superb evening provided a poignant reminder of our debt to those who lived, fought and died during the First World War. It was a real honour to work with the Chislehurst Society and look forward to more events like this in the future."
We rightly celebrated Ethel Bilbrough, who lived in Elmstead Grange during the war, before it became Babington House School. Some of her songs were performed, her paintings admired and extracts from her diary, written during the war, which has now been published by the Imperial War Museum, were read by Joanna Friel Vice Chair of the Chislehurst Society,
Music Scholars, Lilah (Year 8) and Bryanna (Year 11) sang beautiful solos. The audience joined in many popular wartime songs and it was a particular pleasure to hear Miss and Mrs Whittaker sing so beautifully, they are both professional opera singers when not running the music department at Babington. They were superbly accompanied by Miss Flatt, who is also a professional musician in her own right and plays with Sam Smith, including most recently being part of the backing orchestra for the latest James Bond theme tune.
Many members of the audience commented on how much they had enjoyed the evening but also that they had discovered new facts about their surroundings. Babington House School was delighted to open its doors for this truly community musical event and preserve the legacy of Ethel Bilbrough.