First News - - Your News - by Lucy and Emily Hunter

RE­CENTLY, we had the amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to per­form in the BBC Proms as part of the Ten Pieces project with our choir, Finch­ley Chil­dren’s Mu­sic Group. The Ten Pieces project has the goal of get­ting young peo­ple in­ter­ested in clas­si­cal mu­sic.

We were singing the world pre­miere of No

Place Like by Kerry An­drew, with seven other choirs. We first found out about it back in March and thought we were only do­ing some record­ings for the BBC, but it turned out that we were also per­form­ing in front of thou­sands of peo­ple at the Royal Al­bert Hall.

We recorded the piece twice at Maida Vale Stu­dios, where fa­mous singers such as Adele, Ed Sheeran and The Bea­tles have recorded. Kerry An­drew asked chil­dren across the UK about their homes and how they made them feel, then put their an­swers into a piece that be­came No Place Like. It is not a nor­mal piece, as it in­cludes lots of body per­cus­sion, ac­tions and even beat­box­ing!

When we were on stage it felt amaz­ing be­cause we got to do some­thing we love in front of lots of peo­ple and be­cause most kids don’t usu­ally have the chance to do some­thing like this. We per­formed in two Proms: one in the af­ter­noon and one in the evening.

We’re so glad that we got to per­form in the Proms and hope­fully some of you might be able to in the fu­ture!

Singing at the Proms

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