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Young Voices at the O2.

Posted: 28th January 2016 | Category: Drama

26th January 2016

If there’s one thing about Skippers’ pupils, they are not afraid of a challenge.  Having learned an extensive repertoire of songs for Christmas, they returned for the new term full of enthusiasm for the Young Voices concert.  With barely three weeks to the Big Event, the choir willingly came to some extra rehearsals.  With 11 songs to learn and five dance numbers, that gave us about 15 minutes for each item.  It is on occasions like this that I realise why the Music Room is housed several decibels away from the main block.

By far the most popular compilation of songs appeared to be the Pop Medley, with parents having to persuade their off-spring to listen to other tracks!  Transport of Delight, The Lightning Tree and Video Killed the Radio Star proved to be fairly close runners up.

Our DVD featured Andy, from Urban Strides, showing us the dance moves.  This year, the projector co-operated and, had anyone been looking through the Music Room windows after school on a Monday evening, they would have seen some street dancers in the making. Incidentally, you can get your Professional Level 4 Diploma as a Street Dancer in just 10 days.  Any takers?

When Andy and his Dance Crew appeared on stage, our pupils could not believe they sat just yards from him.  The Beatbox Collective was another instant success who had us all trying out different sounds – and often failing.  Not to leave any one out, the spotlight was on an unsuspecting audience who had not anticipated parental participation at this level!

And so the Birthday Party rocked on – Young Voices is now 20 years old.  Laura Wright, in a glam frock, led us through World in Union - as she had last year at the start of the Rugby World Cup.  She is a keen sportswoman herself.  Having been BBC2’s Chorister of the Year in 2005, she is now often seen on a sport’s pitch singing their anthem at the start of a match.

Tom Billington was there too.  With a great deal of energy, he sang and danced his way across the stage in performances of Video Killed the Radio Star and his new hit, Hyper. When he’s not performing, he is championing music in education.

A late contender in the competition for Skippers’ Dancer of the Evening has to be Mr Hammond, who found that the O2 shuffle was addictive!

We returned to Skippers pretty much on time, with 20 very tired children who had enjoyed a most exciting evening.


Carolyn Holleyman

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