Choir set to rock Albert Hall

English Martyrs School Choir has been invited to perform at tghRoyal Albert Hall in London. Pictured with the choir is musical director, Becky Tompkinson.

English Martyrs School Choir has been invited to perform at tghRoyal Albert Hall in London. Pictured with the choir is musical director, Becky Tompkinson.

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MUSICAL youngsters are aiming to hit the right note when their school choir performs at a world-renowned venue.

Pupils from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College’s choir, EMS Youth Voices, will take to the stage at The Royal Albert Hall this weekend as part of an event inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games.

In total, 26 pupils from years seven and eight are heading down to London to perform at a concert on Easter Monday, April 9.

The pupils will be joining 700 choir members around the country to present Worldsong! An Olympic Gala, which is being hosted by The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB).

The sold-out concert will feature choral music from all corners of the globe and organisers say it promises to be an “inspirational and uplifting” event.

Ethan Scott, 13, a member of EMS Youth Voices, said: “When I think of some of the amazing musicians who have performed at the Royal Albert Hall, I can’t wait for Easter Monday when I’ll be there singing my heart out.”

Dedicated pupils have been taking part in weekly rehearsals and have also taken part in a vocal workshop led by Mike Brewer director of NYCGB.

School music teacher Becky Tompkinson, who directs EMS Youth Voices, said: “Singing at the Royal Albert Hall with NYCGB will give children from Hartlepool the chance to sing with the best in the country in a world-renowned venue.

“I hope that this will raise their aspirations about their own futures.

“I am very proud of the talent we have here at English Martyrs and delighted to be taking the students on such an exciting trip.

“The choir has gone from strength to strength in the past couple of years and I am confident they will do their school and town proud at this prestigious concert.”

The massed choirs, comprising more than 700 young singers from the NYCGB and 700 from community choirs across Britain, will perform a unique programme of choral music from around the world.

Hartlepool pupils will be performing five songs Hey Motswala, Holday Danaa, El Cascabel, Vem kan degla foerutan vind and I Wish I Knew, which have been composed by Mr Brewer.

The programme features the world premier of Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, a specially commissioned work by acclaimed composer Sir John Tavener, who will also be present at the event, and Mr Brewer’s Worldsong.

Mr Brewer said: “In true Olympic spirit, we not only wanted to perform music from around the world in celebration of this years’ Games, but also wanted to share this opportunity to sing in the Royal Albert Hall with members of children’s choirs from around Britain.”

The pupils are due to leave Hartlepool on Sunday by coach and spend the evening in London, where they will take in a West End show.

The concert at the Royal Albert Hall takes place on Easter Monday and the youngsters are set to return to town that evening.