‘Epic occasion’ repeats anti-bullying message

More than 70 students from schools in Shoreham and Southwick took part in the anti-bullying performance. Picture: Mark Saunders
More than 70 students from schools in Shoreham and Southwick took part in the anti-bullying performance. Picture: Mark Saunders

MORE than 70 pupils from schools in Shoreham and Southwick took to a makeshift stage to support anti-bullying week.

Shoreham Academy’s Smile Week featured various anti-bullying initiatives and activities, including performances by Shoreham Allstars last Thursday evening.

More than 70 students from schools in Shoreham and Southwick took part in the anti-bullying performance

More than 70 students from schools in Shoreham and Southwick took part in the anti-bullying performance

David O’Connell, chief executive of Original Allstars Music CIC, said it was an ‘epic occasion’, repeating a successful performance two years ago.

It brought together a choir of children from Shoreham Academy, Eastbrook Primary Academy, Glebe, Swiss Gardens and Herons Dale primary schools, with musical backing provided by the Allstars House Band.

They performed Let Them Smile, an anti-bullying song written by Daniel Steven Walford in 2011, when he was 12 years old.

He joined the choir for a solo performance of the first verse and the whole song was recorded live, to will be released on iTunes in December to raise money for the charity Your Space Your Time.

Mr O’Connell said: “The performance took place in the atrium at Shoreham Academy, with seating areas turned into light and sound booths, and the drum riser and choir platforms made out of dinner tables that had been securely cable-tied together.”

The song by Daniel, a member of the Shoreham Allstars young musicians’ collective,was first performed on stage in the old Shoreham Academy building in 2011, then again in the main hall in 2012.

This year’s performance came at the end of an evening of music from Shoreham Allstars bands, many of whom are not yet old enough to attend the academy, for Smile Week.

Mr O’Connell added: “It was a fantastic event for many reasons –the choir behaved and sang brilliantly, the academy was hugely supportive of what we were setting out to do and I just think everyone who was there that night will have got something very positive out of being part of it, particularly the members of the choir.

“One of the aims behind this event was to aid their transition into secondary school and I think it will definitely help them. I just think when those children from the choir are going to the academy and are having their lunch in the canteen, they’ll be able to say ‘I sang on this table!’.”