Young voices from Dagenham sing out in unison at blockbuster arena concert

Some 6,000 children form a chorus at the Young Voices Concert in the O2 Arena

Some 6,000 children form a chorus at the Young Voices Concert in the O2 Arena - Credit: Archant

Voices rang out in unison as school pupils from Barking and Dagenham joined 6,000 other young choir singers at a blockbuster arena concert.

Singers from the 71-strong William Bellamy School choir between rehearsals

Singers from the 71-strong William Bellamy School choir between rehearsals - Credit: Archant

Singers from William Bellamy Primary School’s 71-strong choir performed at the Young Voices Concert in London’s 02 Arena, forming part of a wall of choral harmony behind the huge hall’s main stage.

Everything from pop, rock and disco echoed through the arena and pupils had the opportunity to back special guests including Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Connie Talbot, soul-singer Randolph Matthews and the African Children’s Choir, who featured in Gary Barlow’s hit Sing.

Tia Mclean-Amos, of class 4k, said: “We had a wonderful time, It was a great experience. My favourite part was when we all sang together.”

Charlotte Fleisher, aged 8, said: “It was so exciting to sing with Randolph and Connie! It was busy and the whole 02 Arena was filled up. I had loads of fun.”


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Pupils from William Bellamy Primary School in Frizlands Lane, Dagenham, at the concert on January 14 were from years three to six,

Teacher Hanna Morris said: “The children have worked really hard this year to learn all the words, Their behaviour was outstanding and they were a credit to their school and families. A fantastic day was had by all.”

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Richard Alibon Primary School in Alibon Road, Dagenham, will also be appearing at the concert on Tuesday, January 28.

Young Voices is the largest school choir organiser in the world and hosts more than 14 concerts a year in the UK and Ireland.

Each year over 2,500 schools, 90,000 children 6,000 teachers and 120,000 family and friends come together to enjoy music and celebrate singing.

• Visit youngvoices.co.uk for more information.

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