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Eleven School Join Forces for Choir En Masse

A 350-strong choir, including youngsters at a Stone school, were put together by top flight vocalists in one afternoon for a mass sing-along.

From left: St Michael’s First School pupils Eva Skelton (9), Millie Knight (8), Alice Williamson (9), Elliot Clark (8) and Lucy Williamson (9) rehearse a song at Stafford Grammar School with vocal expert Cathy Lamb.

Singers from St Michael’s First School united with choirs from 10 other schools when they gathered for a community choral day led by four expert tutors. In a series of workshops at Stafford Grammar School, pupils, aged between seven and 11, took on board a lively repertoire of songs within a few hours

Among the VIP vocal coaches was choral animateur and renowned organist Cathy Lamb, the director of music at Lichfield Cathedral School.

“The aim is simply to enthuse the children with singing. I wanted them to think about how once you’ve learned a song you can improve and make it even better,” said Cathy.

Sue Blyth, an operatic recording artist and head teacher from Peterborough, and Chloe Pardoe, a British mezzo-soprano who recently graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire, were also in the line up, along with the national assistant director of music and creative arts for the Salvation Army, Stephanie Lamplough.

Nine-year-old Lucy Williamson, from St Michael’s First School, said: “It’s really good fun. I particularly liked the way we used different voices and lots of different notes in the songs. Coming here has made me want to sing even more in future.”

The event attracted primary classes from Stone, Stafford, Newcastle, Seighford, Penkridge, Cannock and Coven and culminated in an evening concert for family and friends, which attracted an audience of more than 750.

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