SINGING on stage at the 02 Arena proved an ‘unforgettable’ experience for Upper Beeding and Steyning children.
The choir from Upper Beeding Primary School and year-six children from Steyning Primary School travelled to London to be part of the annual O2 Young Voices concert.
Under the baton of world-renowned conductor David Lawrence, the children sang and danced the night away.
Music teacher Corrine Wellby said they had been rehearsing for six months, so the children were excited when the concert finally arrived.
“To be a part of such a massive choir – 8,000 children in total – is a truly unforgettable experience for children and adults alike,” she said.
“As the lights went out to mark the beginning of the concert, the children let out ear-splitting screams of excitement, which echoed around the arena.
“Thousands of mini torches shone through the darkness, accompanied by spotlights darting around the choir and audience alike.
“The image was breathtaking, something I hope will stay with the children for a very long time and ultimately inspire their singing for years to come.”
Mrs Wellby felt some of the excitement for herself when she and Steyning music teacher Sarah Pargeter were also given the opportunity to sing on stage.
“To be able to sing on the stage in front of 20,000 people was an amazing experience,” said Mrs Wellby. “Listening to the roars of approval from the children was both magical and inspirational.”
The children sang a range of songs, including an Andrew Lloyd medley, pop, the Nelson Mandela African Medley and All You Need is Love.
Mrs Wellby added: “The challenge of the evening was an adapt Requiem and Dies Irae from Mozart’s Requiem.
“The children’s enthusiasm, commitment to learning some incredibly complex songs and energy is inspiring.”
Young Voices has been staging the largest children’s concerts in the world for more than a decade.
This year’s concert included performances by Lucy Spraggon from X Factor, Liverpudlian boy band Lowry and street dance group Urban Strides.