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Gresham's School pupils prepare for their flashmob. Left to right, Clementine Chapple, 13, Izzy Thurston, 13, musical outreach director Tom Appleton, Romy Sipek, 12, and Georgie Salmond, 12. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
By SABAH MEDDINGS
Sunday, January 26, 2014
More than 800 students and staff from Gresham’s school have invited everyone who lives, works, studies or plays in Holt to join them in a singing flash mob.
Holt High Street will be closed on March 22 to stage Holt’s first ever Huge Howl where more than 1,000 people are expected to join in with a selection of Beatles classics near the war memorial.
It is the idea of Tom Appleton, music outreach director at Gresham’s, who wants to bring the community together while raising money for Holt Youth Project.
Mr Appleton, a professional singer who tours with the Monteverdi choir, is a former pupil of Gresham’s and re-joined the school in September.
He said: “It will be a brilliant bonding experience for the town, I don’t think anything like this has taken place before.
“Whenever you first tell someone they wonder what on earth you are talking about, but then they realise it’s actually a great community idea.”
And 50 years on from when “Beatle-mania” was at its height, Mr Appleton has chosen three well-known songs its members were famous for.
The choir will sing Beatle classics Hey Jude, With a Little Help From My Friends, and Imagine by John Lennon.
Choir member Clementine Chapel, 13, of Great Snoring, said it was a great feeling singing with so many other people.
And prefect Izzy Thurston, of Kelling, said: “I’m looking forward to meeting more people from the town, it should be a brilliant day.”
Holt High Street will be closed to traffic from 8am to 9am on March 22 while the street is filled with alfresco singers.
The school will be holding open rehearsals for all abilities in the upcoming week for anyone who wants to get some practice in before the flash mob.
They will be held on February 13 at 6.30pm in the Auden Theatre at Gresham’s Senior School, February 27 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at Gresham’s Pre-Prep school hall, March 3 from 5.15pm to 6.15pm and March 13 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Gresham’s Senior School chapel.
For more information and YouTube video links visit www.greshams.com/holtshugehowl
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