Tennent Madrigals Depart for London Olympics

The high school's choral group has been selected to perform at several venues in the United Kingdom during the Olympic games.

After more than a year of and , the Madrigal singers take-off tonight from JFK airport to begin their 10-day concert tour through the United Kingdom.

The group will perform at several venues as part of a cultural program organized by the Greater London Authority to coincide with the 2012 Olympics. Musicians and artists from all over the world will join the Tennent Madrigals in Great Britain to represent their countries.

The trip begins with tomorrow's arrival and a day of sightseeing in Dublin, Ireland. The group's first performance takes place at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Friday, 1 p.m. They travel to Canterbury Saturday night for a concert the next day at the Royal College of Music in London at 5 p.m. They take the stage again Monday morning at the Canterbury Cathedral at noon, followed by a chance to catch some Olympic soccer action at Wembley Stadium.

Their final performance is on Wednesday, August 8 at the Southwark Cathedral at 3:45 p.m. The group leaves the next day and arrives at JFK at 1:15 p.m. A web page has been set up for the group to post pictures and notes during the trip.

The Tennent group was selected last July after choral director Tyrone Dinkins sent an audition tape. Dinkins oversaw the trip's planning and fundraising efforts, but will not join the group in London since he departed the school in late May. District Superintendant Dr. Jenny Cressman could not be reached for comment on Dinkins.

The singers will be chaperoned by Julie Flack, music director at , and Julie Henrich, assistant principal at Tennent.

Pamela August 02, 2012 at 03:49 PM
yup just like CSD, a man who went above and beyond for his students and now he isn't going to be there with them..."He departed the school in late May."...was it on a pink flying carpet?....
Jennifer Mohan August 02, 2012 at 05:31 PM
A lot of people have been saying that there was some alleged inappropriate behavior involved with the departure. School district administration has not been willing to comment on the matter. The school board did pass a new policy last night (7.24), regarding electronic communications and the safety of students. Normally, new policy has to go through specific steps before being passed. Last night, however, it was mentioned that this new policy was allowed to be passed without these hurdles, as it had to do with a legal matter.
Mark B Miller August 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Just to clarify, this is not a new policy for the district. We added a single sentence to our existing policy. It was not done in response to any matter related to our district, rather a change in the law governing the policy. Because the change was made to upgrade our existing policy to be in compliance with existing law, our policy about creating or modifying policy allows the board to bypass the normal procedure of presenting, reviewing and approving policy over the normal course of three meetings. In this age of social media, the board felt it was important to be current with the applicable law in time for the start of the school year. The revised policy may be found in the policy section of the Centennial School District Website.
Jennifer Mohan August 06, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Update: Tyrone Dinkins is expected to turn himself in on Tuesday after Warminster Police issue a warrant for his arrest: http://patch.com/A-wHwD
Carl August 06, 2012 at 09:32 PM
We have known Mr Dinkins for over 4 years now, and have found him to be a hardworking dedicated teacher who always went above and beyond for his students


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