A spectacular performance took place at Wellington School last week. Over 450 children from 22 schools around the region turned out for an afternoon of workshops and rehearsals, before performing a dazzling array of songs from the 60s and 70s to a thrilled audience of over 1,000.
All schools came for rehearsals and a sing-off to find the star soloists for the performance. In the evening, hundreds of parents, grandparent, friends and relatives poured into the sports hall to hear the concert, complete with a professional band and three conductors.
“All the pupils had learned the songs in their schools with the help of their music teachers, and my colleagues and I have been into all the schools to work with them. When they finally came together on Friday, the sound was electrifying – such an exciting moment,” commented Ros Shaw, from Wellington School, who masterminded the whole event.
“Each school had auditioned a boy and girl for the solos so there was a tremendously exciting X-Factor style sing-off for each role, which was made even more tense as the judges couldn’t choose, so they ran a blind follow-up audition, like The Voice. The winners performed the roles in the concert that evening.”
The schools taking part were; Ashill Community Primary School, Blackbrook Primary School, Coombe St Nicholas Primary School, Curry Mallet VC Primary School, East Anstey Primary School, Hemyock Primary School, Holy Trinity Primary School, Kingston St Mary Primary School, Milverton Community Primary School, Nether Stowey C of E Primary School, North Petherton Community Primary School, Norton Fitzwarren Primary School, Oake, Bradford and Nynehead C of E School, Plymtree Primary School, Ruishton C of E Primary School Staplegrove Church School, St John’s Primary School, Sunninghill Prep School, Thurlbear C of E Primary School, Wellesley Park Primary School, Wellington Prep School and Wilcombe Primary School.