Royston choir in full voice at the Royal Albert Hall

CHILDREN from Royston got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform at the Royal Albert Hall when they took part in a charity concert.

The 80-strong choir, made up of year five and six pupils from Roysia Middle School, in Burns Road, joined 30 other schools for the Barnados Concert, which raised over �20,000 for the childrens charity.

Amanda Mitchell, Leader of Music at Roysia, said: “Our children were incredible. They worked really hard to prepare for the day and I feel very proud of what they have achieved.

“It is wonderful to see Roysia children using their talents to help raise money for such a worthwhile charity.”

After several weeks preparation in school, the choir joined in a whole day of rehearsing with renowned conductor Susannah Edom-Baker before performing to a packed audience which included 100 friends and family members who had travelled up from Crow country.


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The programme featured everything from Disney classics to popular songs and culminated with pupils creating a spectacular version of the flag-waving, iconic, Last Night of the Proms anthem Land of Hope and Glory.

It was a particularly special occasion for three pupils, Joshua Moriarty, Tabitha Day and Heleana Meehan, who were chosen as soloists.

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George Dear, nine, a member of the Choir described the day as “magical”. He said: “I’m glad I went because I may never get that experience ever again.”

Class mate Sophie Bender, also nine, said: “I had a wonderful time and I will treasure the memory forever”.

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