Vocal challenges delight Upper Beeding pupils

Year-five students from Upper Beeding Primary School with esteemed conductor David Lawrence
Year-five students from Upper Beeding Primary School with esteemed conductor David Lawrence

ESTEEMED conductor David Lawrence taught children some challenging songs at a vocal workshop attended by Upper Beeding Primary School.

Year-five pupils performed to an audience of parents following the session at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham.

Teacher Corrine Wellby said the school had experienced the workshop for the first time last year and the children had been ‘vocally inspired’.

“David Lawrence is not an unfamiliar face to the children,” she pointed out.

“Back in January, the children also took part in the Young Voices concert at the London O2 arena, which he also conducted.”

He is one of Britain’s most versatile young conductors, having studied at the Royal Academy of Music and won all the major conducting prizes.

In the beautiful surroundings of the school’s chapel, the children were mesmorised by David Lawrence’s energy and love of singing

Teacher Corrine Wellby

Mrs Wellby said: “Under his leadership, the children learned six challenging songs, which they memorised and performed to an audience of parents and Christ Hospital teachers, including the head of music Andrew Cleary.

“Their enthusiasm and energy for singing was clear throughout the day. In the beautiful surroundings of the school’s chapel, the children were mesmorised by David Lawrence’s energy and love of singing.”

One memorable moment came after the children had rehearsed a piece composed by David’s wife, Rebecca.

Mrs Wellby explained: “David promptly phoned her and asked her to listen to the children perform it. She was positively gushing about their performance, which thrilled the children no end.

“The children had a very full day but their enjoyment was clear to see. They were hugely disappointed when the day finally came to an end.”