Fifteen talented pupils from St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, enjoyed the experience of a lifetime when they performed before an international audience celebrating the 50th anniversary of the World Wide Fund for nature in Switzerland.
The invitation to St Augustine’s pupils was in recognition of the school’s commitment to raising awareness of environmental issues via musicals such as “Yanomamo”, “African Jigsaw”, “Ocean World”, “Arabica” and “One Sun, One World”.
All of these were written by the school’s former head of music, Peter Rose, with Anne Conlon, of Fisher-More RC High School, Colne.
Among the 800 guests were Switzerland’s president, the chief executive of the WWF and Nobel Peace Prize winning Emeritus Archbishop of Capetown and Primate of South Africa, Desmond Tutu.
The pupils were accompanied on the trip by Anne Conlon and Peter Rose. Also with them were the school’s music teachers, Toni Hudson and Matthew Haworth, who were taught by Peter Rose.
In a letter to St Augustine’s following the performance, Mr Rose wrote: “These 15 youngsters sang their hearts out to some of the most influential people on the planet.
“From eminent international scientists and world famous environmentalists to city financiers and billionaires, here was an audience of real influence and power. As well as giving so much pleasure and food for thought to the audience, the choir had the wonderful opportunity to meet and then listen to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, surely an occasion they will remember for the rest of their lives.”