September 24th, 2016

Child singers cut musical teeth on CD

Child singers cut musical teeth on CD Child singers cut musical teeth on CD

CHILDREN at Batchley First School love singing so much they cut a CD – then launched it at The Palace Theatre.

There was not a seat to be had as first reception took to the stage followed by other years before an audience of parents, teachers, well-wishers and fellow pupils.

“The children love singing so much they wanted to make a CD and the headteacher Matt Whiteley thought The Palace was an imaginative way to launch it,” said Mercia Lee, one of the governors.

“They did all their rehearsals in school but when they got up on stage under all the lights they sang their hearts out.”

And that’s not the end of the children’s musical exploits either.

On Tuesday they’ll be performing with pupils from Mount Carmel First School for the AC Academy gala concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, where they will be joined by 600 pupils from the region’s schools as well as 2013 Britain’s Got Talent finalists Richard and Adam.

AC Academy is the music education programme of Armonico Consort which develops and supports choirs and choir leaders through its in-school Choir Creation scheme.

CD Review:

The Redditch Standard was rushed a copy of the Batchley First School CD and here is editor Ross Crawford’s verdict:

“This is a truly rousing piece of work, from the opening track where the entire school sings ‘We Are The Children Of Batchley School’ to its closing number ‘Cups’ sung by Years 1-4.

“Music lead Sarah Wykes has done a fantastic job and the enthusiasm, quality and passion of the children shines throughout.

“What is particularly impressive is the range of the singing from the firm favourite ‘The Wheels On The Bus’ to ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ ‘Three Little Birds’ ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Viva La Vida’.

“All told, a wonderful achievement.”

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