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Primary school children sing at the O2
IT WAS a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when primary school children sang with thousands of others at London’s O2.
Pupils from Overton Primary School, in Court Drove, travelled by coach to the venue, where they took part in an event organised by Young Voices – the largest organiser of school choir concerts in the world. A total of 37 children in Year 5 and 6 attended the mass-concert, singing and dancing to a variety of songs including That’s What Makes you Beautiful, Eye of the Tiger, Celebrate and Let it Be, which was led by 2007 Brit-ain’s Got Talent star Connie Talbot.
The children were also treated to a performance from the African Children’s Choir, who last year sang on Gary Barlow’s hit single, Sing, to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Young Voices organises more than 14 concerts a year in the UK and Ireland with over 90,000 children from 2,500 schools coming together to enjoy music and celebrate singing.
More than 80 parents of children at Overton Primary School went along to watch their children in the show. Mel Stewart, a teacher at the school, said: “It was wonderful for the children. It’s a top quality, live performance in an arena that they would not normally get the chance to perform in. We were right behind the stage so we were completely involved.”
Teachers were given a list of songs last September to practice with the children before the show, so they all knew the words to join in together at the event. Mrs Stewart added: “It exposed the children to music they wouldn’t normally be exposed to.”