Pupils add their voice to big choir spec­ta­cle

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

CHIL­DREN from a school choir joined thou­sands of young singers to take part in a con­cert to raise money for char­ity.

The 20 pupils from St Gregory’s Pri­mary School on Al­bert Road in Bolling­ton spent months re­hears­ing for the Young Voices con­cert at Manch­ester Arena.

It fea­tured a huge 7,604 chil­dren from a va­ri­ety of schools across the re­gion all singing to­gether to raise money for chil­dren’s char­i­ties.

The chil­dren were ex­cited to travel to Manch­ester to take part in the con­cert, which by all ac­counts was an im­pres­sive spec­ta­cle for the sheer scale of thou­sands of chil­dren singing in har­mony.

The chil­dren had been given a list of songs be­fore­hand to prac­tise and set to work with choir leader and head­teacher John Da­ley.

John had be­come aware of the Young Voices events when he lived in Cardiff and has taken groups of chil­dren from other schools he has worked at to take part.

The song list in­cluded Video Killed the Ra­dio Star, River Deep Moun­tain High and Some­body to Love.

John said: “What a stun­ning oc­ca­sion it was.

“It was a mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza in­volv­ing pupils from St Gregory’s among the largest choir in the world, a whop­ping 7,604 Young Voices.

“All the chil­dren and par­ents were overwhelmed with the oc­ca­sion and can’t wait to re­turn next year.

“Noth­ing can pre­pare you for the sound of thou­sands of chil­dren singing in har­mony.

“Young Voices com­bines the power of singing to­gether as one, with ac­com­pa­ni­ment from a wide range of mu­si­cians and artists, to cre­ate an amaz­ing per­for­mance.”

The se­ries of Young Voices events is the largest school choir con­certs in the world.

Ev­ery year, schools across the coun­try prac­tise the music in class with their teach­ers to pre­pare them­selves to take part in this mas­sive con­cert.

Over the years the chil­dren in the choir have per­formed with artists such as Alexandra Burke, Joss Stone, and Gary Bar­low as well as raising over £1m for chil­dren’s char­i­ties such as CLIC Sar­gent.

There are Young Voices con­certs at lo­ca­tions around the coun­try all feed­ing into the char­ity pot.

The St Gregory’s choir in­cluded girls and boys from ages seven to 11.

It was the eighth year that St Gregory’s has sent a choir to the event.

Mr Da­ley said: “The chil­dren were sent the songs well in ad­vance and have been prac­tis­ing at school and get­ting ex­cited about tak­ing part.

“The choirs sit around the edges of the arena and their fam­i­lies in the mid­dle to lis­ten.

“It’s a re­ally lovely ex­pe­ri­ence for the chil­dren and their par­ents. Their voices fill the room.”

●● St Gregory’s Pri­mary School pupils at the Young Voices con­cert

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