Top London venue plays host to the Manuden Choir!
On Tuesday the Manuden School Choir joined forces with over 7,500 other singers to take part in the Young Voices Concert at the O2 Arena in London. The massed choir were conducted by renowned choral conductor David Lawrence, who guided us expertly through a wide variety of songs, delighting a packed O2 for over 2 hours.
The concert included musical highlights such as a medley of jazz classics, Five Guys Named Moe, a journey through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales through some iconic folksongs and even a chance to polish off our air guitars in a medley of some of the most famous rock anthems. One of the most powerful moments of the concert came when we sang Stronger Together, made famous by TV’s Gareth Malone and his Military Wives’ choir. The sound of nearly 8,000 children singing this moving song was a real goose-bump momen. There was also a poignant rendition of You’re the Voice, which provided a visual spectacle too, as the massed choir signed while singing. As the evening drew to a close, we sung some of the children’s own personal favourites, Maliswe, a well known African song sung in three parts and the much awaited Pop Medley, which included an arrangement of Adele’s Hello which I’m sure brought a tear to many an eye. The evening ended with the massed choir and audience joining in with the soul classic, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, which really did raise the roof. The energetic moves, choreographed by street dancers Urban Strides, along with the amazing lighting effects, ensured that the concert was a real spectacle.
All day, the atmosphere in the O2 was electric and the excitement increased as the parents started to arrive and it was brilliant to know that so many parents were there supporting us. The children have commented on the wonderful time they had and the following day in school, despite having arrived back the night before at 11pm, the children were still buzzing. Something to tell the grandchildren in years to come!
Thank you to Miss Grant and Mrs Camp, who accompanied us on the day, joining in expertly with the singing and dancing and who helped make the experience so special and memorable for all the children.