To be part of the largest school choir concert in the world with 7440 children all singing together at the O2 Arena in London; how cool would that be? – Well, yes it was, and Talbot Heath’s Junior Choir were part of it.
This was the 20th year that Young Voices have organised this event but the first year that Talbot Heath have taken part, and it was brilliant. The girls were once again a credit to the school.
A whole term was spent learning a variety of songs which included ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’, ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, ‘Blame it on Me’, ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Life on Mars’ and a set of songs by the early 80’s pop band ‘Madness’. There were also dance moves choreographed in and even one called ‘Uptown Funk’ which the mums and dads who came to support had to learn – Mr Hill and Mr Pitcher grooving away was indeed a sight to behold.
Girls, staff and parents travelled up by coach in the morning and consumed picnic lunches before the afternoon rehearsal where they met the internationally acclaimed conductor, David Lawrence, and the band of professional musicians who were going to form the backing band. They even met the crazy choreographer Andy who had featured on the much viewed dance DVD. Laura Wright, who is the official anthem singer for the England Rugby team, led two of the songs and the World Beatbox champions ‘Beatbox Collective’ also entertained the audience and choirs.
It was a very long but very exciting day and one the girls will never forget.
Grateful thanks go Mr Hill and Miss Williams for organising the event and to Mrs Holloway, Mr Pitcher, Mrs Brown and Mrs Maule for accompanying them on the trip.