Sunderland school choir land Royal Albert Hall gig

These pupils from the choir of St Marys RC Primary School, Meadowside are off to London this summer to sing at the Royal Albert Hall, part of an event being organised by the charity Barnardos.
These pupils from the choir of St Marys RC Primary School, Meadowside are off to London this summer to sing at the Royal Albert Hall, part of an event being organised by the charity Barnardos.
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CHORISTERS hit the right note to clinch a London gig.

Choir members at St Mary’s Primary School, in Sunderland, will head to the capital to sing at the Royal Albert Hall.

Fiona Phillips, who teaches music at the Meadowside school, said everyone was thrilled when they were chosen to take part in the June event, organised by children’s charity Barnardo’s.

The pupils will be among hundreds of youngsters who will take to the stage for the Barnardo’s Young Supporters Concert.

They are keeping their fingers crossed that one or more of the Wearside singers could be chosen to perform a solo on the night.

Mrs Phillips said: “We entered the competition run by Barnardo’s to find schools to perform and sent off a CD of the children singing.

“I got the confirmation we had been chosen by email when I was at home one evening and I was so excited I couldn’t sleep, waiting to tell the rest of the school about it.

“All the children are buzzing about it.

“It is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us to be able to sing at the Royal Albert Hall.”

So far, 56 children, all accompanied by an adult, have signed up for the trip and the school is trying to get deals on travel and hotels.

However, the cost of the trip is expected to be about £6,000 and St Mary’s is hoping to get people to sponsor them, such as a company buying the children matching T-shirts, and they are planning fund-raising events. Mrs Phillips said: “This is too good an opportunity for us to miss.”

To make a donation or sponsor the event, call the school on 553 6087.