Singing students to pitch in city centre

Sonitus: Some sitting, some standing- sitting: Clare Carlile, Emilie Fitzpactrick, Abi Kitching, Joelle Brabban. Standing: Jessie Smith, Rosa Hardy

Sonitus: Some sitting, some standing- sitting: Clare Carlile, Emilie Fitzpactrick, Abi Kitching, Joelle Brabban. Standing: Jessie Smith, Rosa Hardy

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SIX students at King Edward VII School will be singing on the streets of Sheffield city centre this autumn after acquiring a buskers’ licence.

Sonitus are an all-female a cappella group formed three years ago for school concerts, three of them being members of the award-winning ladies’ choir Cantores Novae run by Vivien Pike.

The girls – Rosa Hardy, Abi Kitching, Jessie Smith, Joelle Brabban, Emilie Fitz-patrick and Clare Carlile – are all aged 16.

Abigail Kitching said: “We all sing independently but enjoy coming together to have fun and arrange songs. Last year we went carol singing and raised over £200 for charity. We are now looking for work in pubs and at weddings or other corporate events as well as taking part in arranged events like Peace in the Park and Oxjam, which we are singing at this year.

“We have a varied repertoire of crowd-pleasing songs we all love like Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, Dolly Parton’s Jolene, Autumn by Paulo Nutini and Fake Tales of San Francisco by Sheffield’s own Arctic Monkeys.

“We love arranging songs together without scores, it gives us loads of freedom and it’s so much more exciting to perform – when other people appreciate what you’ve done, it’s a great feeling and audience reaction has been great so far!”