Talented young Royston singers perform at top London venue to support children in need

PUBLISHED: 15:03 04 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:08 04 March 2016

Roysia Middle School choir at Barnardo's event

Roysia Middle School choir at Barnardo's event

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Young singers from Royston’s Roysia Middle School added their voices to a massed choir at one of London’s most famous venues.

Roysia Middle School soloists  front row: Tia Knight, Amadeus Hall, Willow Wilson; back row:  Kelsey Kerridge, Millie Falconer, Reece Grimes.Roysia Middle School soloists front row: Tia Knight, Amadeus Hall, Willow Wilson; back row: Kelsey Kerridge, Millie Falconer, Reece Grimes.

The 45 children, mostly drawn from Year 5, teamed up with parties from 20 other schools to produce a combined chorus of 500 voices at the Barbican.

The pupils had been rehearsing for weeks, and before the performance itself spent the day with renowned conductor Susannah Edom-Baker.

The programme for the spectacular concert included favourites from the musicals with modern Disney anthems and classics from the Rodgers and Hammerstein both getting an airing.

The packed audience included many family members and friends who had made the journey to support the event.

Roysia Middle School Barnadro's concert - Alanis Aguiar Jacintho, 10, withthe school's art lead Mrs Elaine Baigent.Roysia Middle School Barnadro's concert - Alanis Aguiar Jacintho, 10, withthe school's art lead Mrs Elaine Baigent.

And 10-year-old Alanis Aguiar Jacintho had an extra reason to celebrate – her design for a T-shirt to be worn by every member of the choir was named the winner.

She had no idea she’d won until the Roysia party arrived in London, and her artwork also featured in the programme for the concern.

Art subject leader Elaine Baigent said: “I am absolutely delighted that, out of all the schools represented, Roysia artists were selected for their inventive design and creativity.”

Music subject leader Amanda Mitchell added: “It is wonderful to see so many children with the confidence to perform in such a prestigious venue.

“We are incredibly proud of their achievements. All of the children worked really hard to prepare for the day and it is fantastic to see that their efforts will go towards helping children in need. ”

Head Zoe Linington, who travelled up with parents to watch the concert, said: “I really enjoyed the concert and I was so proud of our children – they sang their hearts out!”

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