January 30, 2024 11:15am
On Tuesday 16th January, children from our Medway primaries took part in the Young Voices concert at the London O2 Arena.
The children from All Faiths Children’s Academy, The Gordon Children’s Academy, Cedar Children’s Academy and New Horizons Children’s Academy had been practising the different songs, medleys and dance moves since September and finally all came together to make up a choir of 9027 children singing in unison.
The children arrived for a dress rehearsal where they perfected their numbers and additional lyrics learnt on the day to support the performers. Throughout the concert, the children sang their hearts out and accompanied the artists including, MC Grammar and Natalie Williams. They also danced the night away with performances by Urban Striders and even took part in a dance battle against their parents.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience with, many of them commenting:
“This is the best day ever!” said Tolu.
“I am definitely going to come again next year” said Phoebe.
Dominic said “I have been the last 3 years I am really going to miss it when I go to secondary school” while Nancy said “When can I sign up for next year!”
In preparation for the event, a dress rehearsal concert for parents to watch was held at Cedar Children’s Academy and included children from all our Strood schools. The children all showed real confidence and determination as this was the first time they had sung without the lyrics to all the songs and in front of an audience.