Young Voices: School choir steps it up at the 02!

The Priory School Young Voices Choir arrive at the O2 for their big day

That was one truly amazing night!

We sang at the O2 in London with a choir of nearly 8,000 students made up of schools, including our linked Primary School, Hillside, from all over the south of London and even one school from Hamburg in Germany!

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  • School Reporters from the Priory School in Kent performed at London's O2 Arena as part of Young Voices, the largest children's choir organiser in the world.

The day began with rehearsals - we all got there for 1430 GMT and they finished at 1700.

This gave us a short break before the doors opened to the estimated 23,000 parents, teachers and members of the public who were keen to hear us sing!

The atmosphere was electric as Connie Talbot, from Britain's Got Talent, sang beautifully and joined with us to sing Let it Be.

We were treated to be able to listen to the Commonwealth Choir and joined with them to sing the song which Gary Barlow composed with Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The solo grabbed all of our heartstrings!

The O2 Arena The O2 Arena staged the London leg of his year's Young Voices concert series

We really enjoyed the pop medley and the rock numbers - but the stage was stolen by the musical talent of Randolph Matthews, who used his voice to create amazing beats and made us laugh as he used his voice to sound like a car!

Street Dance specialists Urban Strides and Andy Instone led all the choir moves and they performed a fantastic dance routine to Electricity from the musical Billy Elliot.

But ultimately, as conductor David Lawrence said at the end of the concert, the real stars of the show were us, the children's choir!

Our school really enjoyed the opportunity and we would recommend it to anyone who loves to sing!

We can now all say that we have sung at the O2 - an amazing night and a memory that will stay for a long, long time.

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