Young Voices 2019 News
“Been there, done that, got the Young Voices T-Shirt!”
Our annual Young Voices visits to Sheffield Arena have become such a talking point around school for the amount of fun and happiness they bring.
This year’s show was no exception when six members of staff took nearly 30 children on the coach to join the 5000-strong primary schools choir, accompanying guest singers including ‘80s singing legend, Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet.
Our children caught their breath in delight when the lights spun around the arena; we swayed our torches from side to side whilst singing meaningful songs including, ‘Thank You for the Days’ , ‘Fight Song’ and ‘Any Dream will Do’.
Keeping up with the professionally choreographed actions for ‘Moana’ was quite a challenge, which the rest of school soon discovered when we took the experience back to school to perform at ‘Harehills Arena’ (our hall!). The song is about searching for new lands and the challenge of the ocean. Its powerful, yearning feel came through, loud and clear, from every single young voice that afternoon.
Aside from the singing and dancing skills, what is incredible about Young Voices is how much musical knowledge the songs provide. So much careful work (by the YV team, now past its 20th year), is put behind creating the songs. Their professional musicians work hard to ensure a wide range of singing styles are taught, such as jazz, pop, rock and classical. Teaching the songs in school is an absolute pleasure; we always interpret the meaning behind each one, which deeply enriches our children’s reading skills.
As always, a huge thank you must be passed to the staff team for taking the children to this event but, more importantly, thank you to parents and carers who allow their children to take part in this memorable opportunity. We are so grateful for this support, without which we could not return every year.
“I’ll never forget Young Voices” is another quote we often hear echoing around school. “My torch ran out,” follows soon after.
There are more photos available in the Gallery.