YOUNG choristers are gearing up for the concert of a lifetime this weekend.
Choir members from St Mary’s Primary School, in Sunderland, will head to the capital to sing at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.
Fiona Phillips, who teaches music at the Meadowside school, said everyone was thrilled when they were chosen to take part in the Barnardo’s Young Supporters Concert.
And, to add to the excitement one of the pupils, Antonia Dunn, 11, has been chosen to sing a solo.
The pupils will be among hundreds of youngsters who will take to the stage for the concert and they have been rehearsing every available minute.
Mrs Phillips said: “We are so excited. Now we have been sent all the information and special passes to get in, it is all feeling very official and real.”
She said they sent away a CD of auditions for about 12 children and were thrilled when they got word that Antonia had been chosen as one of just five children who will perform a solo during the concert.
Music runs in the family for the youngster, whose dad, Gary Dunn, is a music lecturer at Sunderland College and was a guitarist with folk band Martin Stephenson and the Daintees.
Mrs Phillips said: “We weren’t surprised when Antonia was chosen, because she has a beautiful voice, a very, very sweet voice and she is growing in confidence by being given these opportunities.”
More than 50 children, each accompanied by parents, will make the trip to the capital on Friday in preparation for the concert.
Mrs Phillips said: “It is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us to be able to sing at the Royal Albert Hall. It is just amazing.”
She said because they didn’t want any of the children to miss out on the chance of being part of the concert, they did fundraising to cover the cost of the trip and managed to raise around £6,000.
The music teacher said: “We would like to thank people for all the support we have had.”