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Alexandra Burke and Kirsten Joy join 9,000 pupils at the Norfolk Showground

PUBLISHED: 20:20 03 May 2018 | UPDATED: 20:40 03 May 2018

The Big Sing, 2018.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Big Sing, 2018. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

As the sunshine returned, thousands of pupils and their teachers showed off their voices at Norfolk’s first ever Big Sing for schools.

The Big Sing, 2018.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Big Sing, 2018. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The event welcomed schools from across the county and was organised by the Norfolk Music Hub.

Hethersett Old Hall School were among those taking part and had front row seats.

Sean Peace, head of preparatory, said: “We’ve brought a range of pupils with us, every one who could come from years one to six.

“As a school, we love music and drama and we have lots of concerts and productions.

The Big Sing, 2018. Alexandra Burke.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Big Sing, 2018. Alexandra Burke. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“This is the opportunity to be part of something big and a first for Norfolk where a range of schools have all come together for a huge performance.

“The children have been so excited, they’ve been learning the words to the songs for homework and they’ve got their parents in the stands so it’s all very exciting.”

Among the 9,000 pupils, two stars also took to the stage:

■ Alexandra Burke, who won the X-factor in 2008, performed her winners song, Hallelujah and her single Bad Boys.

The Big Sing at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: Lee Blanchflower – Blanc CreativeThe Big Sing at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: Lee Blanchflower – Blanc Creative

■ Clean Bandit singer Kirsten Joy also performed on the stage.

Pupils were guided through songs Shine, build it up and many more with guest conductor and vocal coach, Mark De-Lisser.

Mr De-Lisser, said: “The pupils are coming here to have a massive sing. It’s not even a big sing, it’s a massive sing.

“For the Norfolk Music Hub, this has been one of the biggest things that they have done to date. It’s been an absolute nightmare to organise, but they’ve done it and they’ve got these kids coming in today and they’re going to sing and it’s going to be awesome.

The Big Sing, 2018. Left to right, Kamile, Megan, Jack, Elliot, all from Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Big Sing, 2018. Left to right, Kamile, Megan, Jack, Elliot, all from Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

“And the kids are going to leave here with an experience that they probably would never of had, something they’re going to talk about for the rest of their lives.

“The atmosphere here is absolutely buzzing, kids are just coming in and they’re skipping around, playing games with their friends.”

The event was supported by Educator Solutions and Norfolk County Council.


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