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Weald pupils raise the roof at London’s O2 Arena

Date: 02 February 2017

Pupils at very top of a vast packed auditorium with the Weald banner behind themPupils from the Weald CofE Primary School raised their voices together with over 7,000 pupils from around the country in ‘one of the most inspirational experiences’ at London’s O2 Arena.

Forty-eight pupils from years four and six took part in Young Voices 2017 which creates huge primary-age school choirs giving pupils a unique experience of live music in a setting where many of their musical heroes also perform.

The pupils had learnt 12 songs covering a range of genres including rock, pop and folk and were watched by parents who travelled to London with them.

Headteacher of the Beare Green Good Shepherd Trust academy school Rachel Jacob said: “I would like to say a massive congratulations and well done to all of the children who performed.

“They were an absolute credit to our school and were true ambassadors for our vision ‘to be outstanding in all that we do’ .

“Particular thanks must go to our music teacher Ms Tainton and the pupils for learning all the songs – and their parents for supporting them.

“Some of the lyrics hit a real chord and resonated with all pupils in the school: ‘Together we are stronger we can overcome, we can walk this road together we can stand as one, and now nothing can divide us we are stronger than ever' - an extract from Stronger Together.”

Pupils Nye, Daisy, Emma and Lola said: “Once the musicians were ready they began playing the music and we began to sing. We were singing so loud we couldn’t hear ourselves and the songs were phenomenal.

“Our Young Voice’s lights looked like stars going across the arena.

“This was the best time in our lives. The last song we sang was ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’.

“We were all so proud of our standing ovation!”

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