Come And Sing - Musical Extravaganza
Over 450 children from 22 schools around the region turned out for an afternoon of workshops and rehearsals, before performing a dazzling array of songs from the 60s and 70s to a thrilled audience of over 1000!
All schools came for rehearsals and a sing-off to find our star soloists for the performance. In the evening, hundreds of parents, grandparent, friends and relatives poured into the packed Sports Hall to hear the most phenomenal concert, complete with a professional band and three conductors!
All the pupils had learned the songs in their schools with the help of their music teachers, and my colleagues and I have been into all the schools to work with them. When they finally came together the sound was electrifiying – such an exciting moment.
Each school had auditioned a boy and girl for the solos so there was a tremendously exciting “X-Factor” style sing-off for each role, which was made even more tense as the judges couldn’t choose, so they ran a blind follow-up audition, like “The Voice”. The winners performed the roles in the concert that evening.
Allow primary school children to experience singing with a large choir
Assistant Director of Music Ros Shaw identified a need within Primary Schools and has put together a fabulous opportunity for children.
Participating schools are sent the music and a cd and work on the songs in advance. A member of the music department will also visit each school to help the choir.
The concert is held in our massive galleried sports hall, and parents come to watch the evening performance. There is no cost to schools or parents and on occassions, we have sent out our minbuses to collect pupils who are not able to provide their own transport.
“It was tremendously exciting to have such an array of fantastic singers from so many schools coming along – there is some serious talent around and we feel privileged to have been able to showcase some of it last week. My thanks must go to all the primary music teachers who have worked to hard with their children to make this happen” concluded Ros Shaw.
450 boys and girls in Years 4,5 and 6 took part
This is now an annual event. The next one will take place in March - and will be Songs from Disney!