Young Voices 2023

The brilliant children in Year 5 took part in their now customary Young Voices concert in London on Friday evening.

Young Voices is the largest children’s choir in the world, bringing together primary school children as they sing in choirs of thousands at arenas usually the domain of chart-topping stars. Imagine being able to tell your friends you performed live at the O2 – our children can do just that!

Following a quick getaway after assembly, we travelled by coach to Frankie and Benny’s in Greenwich for lunch before continuing our journey to the O2. On arrival, we were delighted to find that we had pretty much the best seats in the house, with two suites in front of David Lawrence, the conductor, and just behind the band.

The children performed with the incredibly talented violinist Anna Phoebe (aka Amelia and Lucy’s mum!) who was one of several solo performers taking part, alongside the brilliant Beatbox Collective and former lead vocalist of M People, Heather Small. We also worked with street dance crew Urban Strides and the brilliant Andy Instone, making the concert all the more special.

During their Music lessons at school this year, the children have been learning the Young Voices songs, including a Pop Medley from Trolls, numbers from Disney and a clever musical arrangement of some of Spike Milligan’s poetry. These songs, and more, were performed by our fantastic children along with over 8000 others from schools across London and the south-east.

After the concert, we all gradually made our way back to the coach, holding a rope and with regular headcounts from the staff! A return to school at about 11:15pm wasn’t as late as expected and hopefully the children had a good weekend to re-charge their batteries.

The Young Voices concerts are a unique opportunity for children to feel such a huge sense of togetherness with their peers from other schools across the country. They also foster confidence, self-belief and teamwork. And they’re fabulous fun for children, teachers and parents!