Portsmouth girls to sing with The Drifters

Students at Portsmouth Grammar School

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THEY are one of the most enduring groups in the world – and now a bunch of pupils from a Portsmouth school will get the chance to sing with them.

The Drifters are set to perform at the Kings Theatre in Southsea as part of their 60th anniversary tour.

Ryan King of The Drifters works with pupils from Portsmouth High School in Southsea on music which they are going to sing with the band when they play at The Kings Theatre in Southsea. (left to right), Abi Harindra (13), Louisa Harris (14), Adele O'Callaghan (16), and Marley Andrews (16). 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13698-1)

Ryan King of The Drifters works with pupils from Portsmouth High School in Southsea on music which they are going to sing with the band when they play at The Kings Theatre in Southsea. (left to right), Abi Harindra (13), Louisa Harris (14), Adele O'Callaghan (16), and Marley Andrews (16). 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13698-1)

To celebrate it, the group are visiting 40 schools across the country and inviting pupils to sing with them on stage.

Students from the choir at Portsmouth High School are among those to have been selected.

The group has also launched a national competition which will see the best singers from a school record a song with The Drifters.

The students will sing the hits Love Doesn’t Ask Why and Saturday Night At The Movies at the Kings Theatre on Saturday, May 25.

Yesterday, singer Ryan King and keyboard player Dan Healey visited the Southsea school to rehearse with the students.

Ryan said: ‘They were amazing. I think this is the school that’s going to win now to be honest.

‘The Drifters wanted to give something back.

‘There are a lot of young members who are starting to get into The Drifters because of the contemporary stuff that we are doing.

‘It’s a good opportunity for them to get involved in music itself and having artists to look up to.’

Pupil Louisa Harris, 14, said: ‘It’s a really good opportunity because we get to do things with people who are famous.

‘I was really excited when I heard. It will be a rush of adrenaline and it will be really fun.’

Sandra Smith, of the Kings Theatre, said: ‘I thought it was amazing. They have got the power. They really are going to give it 100 per cent.

‘They see it from a really professional point of view and will get to see what goes on backstage.

‘It looks glamorous but it’s very hard work. They will get a feel of that on the day. They are going to love it.’