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Young Voices Concert

By Rachel Francis

Year 1 teacher | Music Lead | Orton Wistow Primary School | OWN Trust

43 children and 6 adults went by coach to the Birmingham Arena this week to participate in Young Voices. We have been rehearsing twice a week, every week, since September, waiting for this moment! There were 9 songs to learn for the concert, some of them were over 6 minutes long, so there were lots of words, rhythms, pitches and actions to remember! The atmosphere in the arena was electric-there were 6128 children singing together and what a buzz that was! The children who came were fantastic ambassadors for the school, they sang with enthusiasm, listened to the conductor and responded to his direction, and threw themselves into this amazing experience. We learnt 3 new songs on the day, and performed alongside Nandi Bushell, Urban Strides and MC Grammar. Throughout the day several of the children told us "this is the best day of my life", and the smiles and dancing demonstrated how much fun they were having. Florence said afterwards" I loved seeing all the performances on stage, it was magical", and Wiki said "I was amazed when they turned off the lights and everyone had their torches on, it looked like the sky full of stars." We'd like to say a huge thankyou to the parent helpers who came on the trip with us, we couldn't have done it without your support.