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Together We Learn And Grow
Friday 22nd April 2016
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Voice in A Million
Wow! What an amazing experience for us all.
On Wednesday 2nd March 2016 children from our school travelled to London to take part in the Voice in a Million show at Wembley Arena. They joined with other schools and groups from across the country, in a choir of thousands, supporting and helping VIAM in their work to raise awareness for Adoption and Fostering in the UK.
We arrived shortly before 3pm for afternoon rehearsals and the atmosphere in Wembley Arena was incredible from the start. Thousands of children from all over the UK, simply buzzing with excitement, bursting loudly and enthusiastically into song as the first few bars of ‘Like a Prayer’ filled the Arena. When parents joined us for the evening performance, the children all changed into their VIAM t-shirts and participating schools and groups excitedly gathered behind the stage for the opening banner parade. Ruby F, Freya M and Oliver B proudly carried our Gurnard Primary School Banner and huge cheers rose from the crowd as each school was announced on stage. From that point onwards the singing simply raised the roof. The singing began with Like A Prayer, and was followed by well known, popular and current songs such as Roar, Heroes, Hold Back The River, Hold My Hand, I Believe I Can Fly, and Rather Be, all of which had been previously rehearsed in school. Students from the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts were scattered amongst the choir of thousands, supporting us with our dance moves. The Destiny Africa Children’s Choir joined the other children on stage to sing Children United and VIAMS flagship song ‘I Want a Mom’, sung by so many thousands of young people, with such empathy, brought a lump to the throat. Guest performers and presenters throughout the evening included Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor past contestants, Callum Scott, Charli Beard, Bars and Melody and members of the dance group Diversity, as well as CBBC’s Lily Moram. What an awe-inspiring musical event it was! A memory made for all those involved, children staff and parents alike. The sheer joy on the children’s faces said it all. An experience I feel sure they will never forget.
by Mrs Williams, Specialist Music Teacher