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Senior choir sing at the O2

Posted: 11th February 2015 | Category: Year 6, Year 7, Year 8

Senior Choir visit O2

27th January 2015

The excitement had been mounting since the beginning of term, even among those choir members who had yet to commit all the songs to memory.  Extensive shopping lists had been given to parents by children who obviously thought they would starve if not provided with enough food to feed a squadron!

With some extra rehearsals arranged during the two weeks preceding the concert, the children sang through music that they knew and much that they did not.  They learned a jazzed up version of Mozart’s Requiem – in Latin – and a tribute to Nelson Mandela sung in Afrikaans.  Kim even managed to put all the songs on a Cloud, accessed through the Parent’s login.  The only thing we had not done was to learn the dance steps but, as the DVD refused to co-operate, we decided we would learn them on the day.  Due to the small amount of available space, it was more like the O2 shuffle anyway - but with ten times more energy.

With a last minute weighing and measuring session put in at the pupils’ insistence – “I’m sure I have grown an extra millimetre or gained a couple of grams so don’t need a booster cushion” - we were ready to leave.  Mr Lewis and Mrs Foden took the wheel on the way up to London with Sat Navs set ‘just in case’.  Our mini bus had the concert CD playing for almost the entire journey with some stalwarts singing along.

Despite the car parking arrangements leaving something to be desired, we arrived in plenty of time to eat lunch and get ready for the afternoon rehearsal.  With artists such as Urban Strides, Lucy Spraggan and Mic Lowri, leading the way, the event was on course to be rather noisy.  The conductor, David Lawrence, directed the 7,000+ children with professionalism and humour.Tim gallantly led the way back, following the diversion signs through the London suburbs.  Having sung almost non-stop for 6 hours, you would have thought there would have had some very sleepy young people in the mini buses on the return journey.  But you would be wrong.    We could see Guthrie in the back of the bus in front still carrying on as if the arrival concert hadn’t finished.  Despite our late back at school at gone midnight due to road closures, the parents and choir were still as enthusiastic as they had been in the O2 Arena.  I think we can safely say that the occasion was a resounding success!

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