A SURPRISE musical treat was in store for schoolchildren when a pop band went along to perform just for them.
The up-and-coming all-girl band Vanquish took to the stage at Washington School just hours before performing at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, where they were supporting Westlife.
The four piece were delighted to sing at the Spout Lane school.
Tony McNally, head of music at the school, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to see a pop group perform before they took to the stage at the Arena.
“We have such a lot of talented performers here at Washington School.
“I am hoping that this experience will encourage our students to understand more about the industry as a career choice.”
Debbie Short, a fellow member of staff at the school, said they kept the visit a secret from the pupils.
She said: “It was really good of Vanquish to take time out to come to the school and perform for us and meet the students.”
Bee, Holly, Lizzy and Rianna were chosen from hundreds of hopefuls to work with some of the world’s best writers and producers.
After working with the producers behind Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Kelly Clarkson, the girls recently released their debut single, The Harder You Love.
Having previously supported Tinchy Stryder, Matt Cardle, Erasure and Lemar, Vanquish secured the prestigious place of touring alongside Westlife on their farewell stadium tour of the UK.
The girls chose the name Vanquish because they felt it sends a positive message to young people everywhere that with hard work and the right positive attitude the difficulties life throws at you can be overcome.