School choir accepts invite to sing in capital

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Pupils from Tudor Primary School in Sudbury are preparing to sing at the O2.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Pupils from Tudor Primary School in Sudbury are preparing to sing at the O2.

The voices of children from a Sudbury primary school are to light up one of the country’s biggest arenas during a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Pupils from Tudor Primary School are preparing to sing at the O2 in London at the end of the month.

The school’s Year 4 and 5 choir, made up of 23 youngsters aged between eight and 10, will join hundreds of other children from across the country for a Young Voices concert.

“We have been offered the chance to go along every year for the last 10 years, but I just thought it would be too scary,” said music teacher Judith Morgan.

“It is such a big venue.”

However, Mrs Morgan, who leads the school choir, said the influx of older pupils courtesy of Suffolk County Council’s school organisational review, which will see an end to middle schools this summer, had altered her opinion.

“Now that we have the Year 5 children, it feels a bit different and we decided we were ready and should go for it,” she said.

The children will sing a series of pop medleys, including chart toppers by Olly Murs and Stevie Wonder, as well as a number of hits from the 1980s.

Family and friends will be packing the audience on January 29 and Mrs Morgan said the choir would be working hard not to disappoint.

“Everyone is very excited, but we were a bit preoccupied with a lot of other things going on before Christmas,” she said.

“Now we are practising as much as we can and really looking forward to the day. It will be a special feeling watching the children sing on such an amazing stage.”

Young Voices is the largest children’s choir in the world and has been running for 16 years.

It aims to introduce children to a wide range of music while boosting their confidence and giving them life-long memories of the opportunities that can be seized by singing.

For the last two years, the organisation, which supports a number of charities, has welcomed Britain’s Got Talent star Connie Talbot to sing with choirs at various concerts.

“It is going to be a long day because the children will be singing for the whole evening and I don’t think we will be home until around 2am,” said Mrs Morgan.

“But when they step into the O2, they will be blown away.”