The children had been rehearsing each Monday lunchtime since the start of September with Mrs Kerney-Haynes and Miss Bumford and had learnt a huge and diverse repertoire of music including: movements from Mozart Requiem, old time musical songs, traditional African songs, songs from West End musicals and the very latest pop songs from 2014. Arrangements were not only in unison but in two and three parts and challenged the children to sing in different languages such as Latin and Zulu. Also, the music encouraged the children to think about bigger issues such as apartheid through the ‘Tribute to Mandela’. The children rose to these challenges brilliantly and rehearsals had a positive, purposeful and buzzy feel. Enjoyment was high!
At the 02 the children were immediately struck by the enormity of the event they were taking part in and responded brilliantly to the direction of the conductor David Lawrence. Not only singing their hearts out but also dancing and moving throughout the rehearsal and concert. Urban Strides, who were the first ever street dance group to perform at the Royal Variety Performance, lead the way here. They inspired the children to move confidently and try out their own moves. Even the parents were encouraged to join in! Highlights were also singing with boy band Mic Lowry, Lucy Spraggan and Tom Billington. The children got to experience at first hand the excitement of performing alongside professional musicans/performers with professional lighting and sound in a world class venue. The experience really couldn’t be beaten.
Children, teachers and parents who were a part of the experience were unanimous in their praise for the day. As Mr Conway said, “One of the best nights I’ve had in years and the parents and children will have memories for a very long time.”
We are already looking forward to Young Voices 2016. Watch this space Year 5!