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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Budding young singers will face an audience of tens of thousands when they take to the stage at the O2 arena this week.
Pulham Young Voices, a choir made up of children from two nearby schools, will take part in the World’s Biggest Children’s Choir at the London venue on Friday.
Some 19 children aged between seven and 11 from Pulham Primary School and Archbishop Sancroft High, accompanied by two adults will travel by coach to the capital where they will perform 17 songs, complete with some dance routines, alongside a total of 8,000 children from across the country.
Parent Claire Low, who runs the choir alongside Sheena Baxter, said the children would be singing to around 40,000 people.
“The children are so excited, but so are the parents,” she said. “I’ve sung at Wembley a couple of times so I think I know what to expect but the children don’t understand how big it is and they’re just going to go completely mad when they get there.”
More than £750 was raised to fund the trip with events such as raffles and cake stalls, and donations from the TENEC Trust and Pulham St Mary Village Charities.
Songs on the night, on January 31 from 7pm until 9.30pm, will include Mister Blue Sky by ELO, a pop medley, folk medley, and even the Lord’s Prayer.
Mrs Low, who has been singing since she was in primary school and featured with the Gorleston-based Wroughton Middle School choir on the backing track for the film Grandpa, said there were numerous benefits to singing at a young age.
“Their confidence is growing so much and it’s worth it just for the value of learning the music and the joy of them singing. They do sound really good and the songs are amazing.”
The children taking part, who will all be dressed in yellow t-shirts and pink caps on the night, will be Isaac Low, Harvey Low, Olivia Baxter, Louis Calvert, Saskia Draper, Ella Sanways, George Derbyshire, Archie Derbyshire, Matthew Ide, Kayleigh Ide, Thomas Johnson, Will Johnson, Katie Thomson Whyte, Joshua Yates, Ben Emms, Sam Emms, Will Coleman, Thomas Alexander and James Smith.