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St Bart’s Choir thrills at The Barbican

Date: 15 May 2017

st Barts barbican3St Bartholomew's C of E Primary School is enjoying the continuing success of its recently released pop album – last week, singers from the Haslemere school took to the stage of the Barbican Theatre to perform ‘Pop or Not’ live.

‘Pop or Not’ is a re-imagination of the debut album by Manchester band Whyte Horses, who accompanied 40 St Bart’s choristers as they delivered their live performance of the album’s tracks at the historic London theatre. The young pop stars were also joined by Badly Drawn Boy for an exclusive performance of ‘Elusive Mr Jimmy’, and by Maki for the song ‘Natures Mistakes’. The encore provoked a standing ovation from the ecstatic 2000-strong audience. 

The first single from the album, “She owns the world”, which features all 420 members of the school in its chorus, went straight to the top of the children’s iTunes chart when it was released in November last year. Seventeen talented choristers from St Bart’s, all aged between 6 and 11, recorded the rest of the tracks at the legendary RAK studios in St John’s Wood, London, with their music teacher Sally Hollyer on piano and headteacher Charles Beckerson on guitar.

Mr Beckerson, said: “Mrs Hollyer and I could not be prouder of the children’s conduct, enthusiasm and professionalism – they were born for the stage and might well have exciting careers ahead of them!” 

‘Pop or Not’ is available to download from iTunes, or to buy on Amazon.

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