30 January 2019
Budding singers from Derby High School’s Primary Department performed at one of the largest school choir concerts in the world.
More than 30 pupils from Years 5 and 6 sang at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham at the Young Voices concert.
Schools from across the country took part in the event, which involved more than 6,000 students singing a range of songs in front of school staff, parents and family members.
Derby High School students were asked to learn 13 songs with actions in school before taking part in a rehearsal at the Resorts World Arena during the day and performing in the evening.
Pop star Tony Hadley performed with students along with dancers Urban Strides led by Andy Instone, who has run street dance workshops at Derby High School.
Pupil Charlotte Brealey, 10, said she thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the concert.
She said: “It was a really great experience and we were really lucky to be part of it.”
Pupil Hannah Ita, 10, said she would love to do it all again.
She said: “It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this and I really enjoyed it. It was fun and energetic.”
“I can only use one word to describe it, it was amazing. It was really nice singing with so many people and it’s definitely something that I’d like to do again,” said pupil Jessica Stokes-Barrett, 10.
Pupil Olisa Ijenene said: “It was so much fun and I’d definitely like to go again.”
Sara Evans-Bolger, Year 5 class teacher at Derby High School, said that it was an amazing experience to hear so many children singing together.
She said: “It was lovely because when we arrived we were all different schools wearing our own uniforms but we became one choir during the concert and all the children were wearing their Young Voices t-shirts. It was amazing and very powerful to hear that many children singing together.”
There was also a special treat for teaching assistant Carol Hitchcock who met Mr Hadley during an autograph signing session.
For the past 20 years, Young Voices has staged the largest children’s choir concerts in the world. Over 2 million children have taken part in a Young Voices concert and the organisation believes passionately in inspiring the next generation to find their love for music.
During a tour, each night between 5,000-8,000 children perform as a single choir to a sold-out audience of family and friends.