Months of hard work culminated in an incredible night for Redbridge schoolchildren who took part in a dazzling performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
The best musical talent in the area was on show as more that 1,800 pupils took part in the 19th Schools’ Choral Festival.
The programme included primary school pupils playing Chariots Of Fire on their recorders to school leavers showing off their skills in the Redbridge Music School Symphony Orchestra. Proud parents and music fans who attended the event were definitely not disappointed by the spectacular show.
The festival also included specially commissioned pieces from Chris Wilcox of Redbridge Music Service which celebrated this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. There were also works that celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The music co-ordinator at Aldersbrook Primary School, Melanie Henry, said: “The children have been so excited for months. It’s the fact it’s the Royal Albert Hall and it’s a lovely day out and they worked really hard.”
The children enthusiastically sand along to Any Dream Will Do by Andrew Lloyd Webber, a medley of Queen songs and Cockney music hall favourites including I’m Henry VIII, I am and Knees Up Mother Brown.
The choir leader at Churchfields Junior School, Martin Seymour, said: “It’s an experience that lives with them and they remember it from year to year.”