Pupils add their voice to big choir spectacle
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