Pupils perform in 8,000-strong choir

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A HUNDRED year seven pupils from The Petersfield School travelled to London to perform at the world famous O2 Arena.

They were part of an 8,000-strong choir formed from schools across London and the South, which performed a range of songs including a special tribute to Michael Jackson, to an audience of almost 20,000 enthusiastic parents.

James Eaton, the school's head of music, said: 'Singing is a big thing in our school.

'We have sell-out Open Mic Nights each half-term, four different school choirs and lots of singing in weekly music lessons.

'Our annual performance in London as part of the Young Voices Choir is a magnificent event for our pupils to participate in, which they will remember for the rest of their lives.'

Each year the Young Voices concerts tour major arenas across the UK, each with a different choir of children.

This is the third year that the Petersfield School has participated in the tour, the last two having been at the Royal Albert Hall.

Mr Eaton said: 'We had to upgrade to the O2 this year as the Albert Hall just wasn't big enough!'

Headteacher Nigel Poole added: 'This is a fantastic opportunity for the students - they come back absolutely bubbling with enthusiasm.'