A FLOCK of little songbirds are heading to Sheffield to take part in what has been dubbed as the biggest school concert in the world.
The 20 youngsters from Grange Primary School, in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, have been practising for months for the Young Voices event at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield next week.
Grange is the only school in Hartlepool to be joining 6,000 other pupils from the rest of the UK to sing a string of songs in front of almost 15,000 proud parents, including their own relatives.
The event is one of 18 concerts being held at various arenas around the country as part of the Young Voices roadshow - titled the largest school choir concerts in the world - running from January 12 through to February.
And the youngsters will be joined by X Factor finalist Lucy Spraggan, who wowed audiences with her guitar and song-writing skills on the popular TV show, and boyband Mic Lowry.
Stephen Smith, music co-ordinator from Grange Primary School, said: “The children are really looking forward to it, they have been working so hard for this.
“It’s quite scary for them but they are ready and I’m sure it’s a mixture of nerves and excitement.
“We have been practising since September and they have had to learn songs for the concert which lasts for two-and-a-quarter hours.”
The choir group - which is made up of 19 girls and one boy aged from eight to 11-years-old - has rehearsed Requiem completely in Latin, a Nelson mandella tribute medley in Africaan and Zooloo, a song from the musical Matilda, an Andrew Lloyd-Webber medley, and Lonely Boy to name but a few.
And when they travel down next Wednesday they will have just three hours of rehearsals with all of the other schools ahead of the show from 7pm ubntil 9.15pm later that night.
Mr Smith added: “Last year was the first one of these concerts I had been to and I wish I’d discovered it years ago. It was phoenomenal and I can’t wait for the children to experience it this year.
“It is something they will remember forever.”