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The 30 pupils in Roedean Junior School’s choir are celebrating the news that they have reached the finals of the highly acclaimed Barnardo’s Festival Competition – the only school in Sussex to reach this stage.
The choir will perform two contrasting pieces, one of which has been especially composed, called ‘Waiting for Spring’ at a concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 29 March in front of hundreds of parents and guests.
They will be competing with 23 other schools for a trophy and the chance to perform at the Barnardo’s Annual Concert in the Royal Albert Hall on 7 November 2010.
Huw May, Head of Roedean Junior School said: “We are proud and delighted that the skills and enthusiasm of the choir have been recognised in this way and that they will sing together at one of the world’s most impressive concert halls. It is an experience that they will never forget."
"A love for music is contagious throughout the School. All children learn to sing from the nursery on and in the upper years learn an instrument - this gives them great confidence which I hope has prepared them for their performances in London."
Isobel Swaysland, a Year 6 pupil said: “I am really excited that we have got to the finals. I can’t wait to get on that big stage to sing to over a thousand people.”
At the end of the performances, all 24 school choirs will join together for the Barnado’s song ‘You Raise Me Up’ which celebrates the lives of the 100,000 vulnerable children, young people and their families that the charity helps each year across the UK