Young Voices 2019
Once again, the Manuden School Choir will be taking part in the Young Voices Concert at the O2 Arena in London on Monday 4th February. Our choir rehearsals begin on Wednesday 19th February, when we will begin learning this year's exciting songs. This year promises to be even greater than last year (if that is possible) with some music which I'm sure will be a real hit with both singers and audience alike.
If you would like to know more, look below at us at the O2 last year.
The Manuden School Choir are feeling exhilarated, if a little tired, after their amazing performance at the O2 last night as part of the Young Voices concert series. Thirty-one singers from Manuden and twenty-four from Chrishall joined forces with other primary and secondary school to perform as part of a massed choir of nearly 8,000 voices.
The concert included musical highlights such as the aptly named Singing Together, Name That Toon (a medley of favourite cartoon themes) and a rousing version of Toto’s Africa, complete with a dramatic storm, created by the choir. As the evening drew to a close, we sung the children’s own personal favourite, the Pop Medley, which included an arrangement of I’m Only Human, accompanied by some incredible lighting effects and Ed Sheeran’s popular, Castle on the Hill. The evening finished with a tribute to Stevie Wonder, which had both parents and children dancing in the aisles. The energetic moves, choreographed by street dancers Urban Strides, along with the amazing lighting effects, ensured that the concert was a real spectacle.
The children performed brilliantly and were a credit to us all in their enthusiasm and dedication as well as their exemplary behaviour throughout the day. A proud moment for everyone and some memories to share forever. Thanks to all those who came along to support us and as always, a huge thank you to our helpers, Miss Grant, Mrs Camp and Mr Hensall for all their hard work.
The Manuden School Choir rehearse every Wednesday after school and take part in a number a events each year, including performing at the O2 Arena in London as part of the Young Voices concert series. This is a fantastic opportunity for the Key Stage 2 children in the choir to perform with other singers as part of the annual Young Voices event, where the audience is treated to the mass choir singing some well-known tunes, expertly accompanied by some interesting dance moves. It really is a great evening for everyone and we are looking forward to performing in the 2019 event in February.
In the summer term, in addition to our school choir, we run a lunchtime percussion club where we get to experiment with different types of percussion instruments and different styles of playing. This year, we experimented with different stomp instruments as well as creating our own samba band. The highlight was playing our samba composition at the summer music concert.
Our younger musicians at Manuden have also been very busy. They have been working hard on their Samba band performance for their Samba Parade. Barn Owl Class took part in a Samba workshop and have already given a sneak preview of their Samba Band at their Class Assembly. The full piece will be performed at their Samba Parade Experience Outcome. Be warned – it will be noisy!
At Manuden we offer a range of instrumental lessons and regularly invite professional musicians in to work with our children. If you are interested in learning an instrument, please contact the school office, who will put you in contact with one of our visiting music teachers.
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.