Inspired pupils sing their hearts out in Olympic choir event

ON SONG Youngsters from Portsmouth schools perform at the Guildhall. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122236-2)
ON SONG Youngsters from Portsmouth schools perform at the Guildhall. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122236-2)
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MORE than 600 schoolchildren sang their hearts out to Olympics-inspired songs at a city ‘singathlon’.

Pupils from eight primary schools across the city yesterday joined forces at the city’s Guildhall to perform 10 songs specially written by talented Portsmouth Music Centre staff.

The youngsters entertained parents with songs with names like Try Your Best and Aim High.

Pupils from Charles Dickens Infant School, Westover Primary, Cottage Grove, St Jude’s CE Primary, Isambard Brunel Junior School, St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary, Copnor Infants and Cumberland Infants took part.

They sang songs from the Singathlon book, a collection of 18 songs which has been given to schools across the city.

Songs from the inspirational book have been performed by schoolchildren nationwide.

It has even earned an Inspire Mark from the London 2012 Olympics Inspire Programme, which recognises projects which do something special relating to the games in their communities.

Jamie Dean, 11, from Cottage Grove Primary School, said: ‘It was good to stand on the stage and sing. My favourite song was Aim High.

Ashleigh Wilmott, six, from Charles Dickens Infants, said: ‘Singing was really good. It was fun.’

Melisa Duciuc, six, from Cottage Grove Primary, said: ‘I liked singing Five Olympic Rings. I like singing, and I saw my best friend.’

Head of Portsmouth Music Service Sue Beckett said: ‘We were supposed to be on the Guildhall steps but because of the rain we were allowed to come in.

‘They were amazing. We would have had to cancel otherwise. The pupils have all been rehearsing at their schools. This is the first time they’ve all sung together.

‘It’s been exciting to have over 600 children singing in one place.

‘We were really impressed with how many parents came to support the event.

‘Every school in the city has had a free copy with a CD.

‘It’s part of the work the service does to help schools and support their music lessons.’

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