Birstwith Primary pupils rock Sheffield Arena

Birstwith School Choir before leaving for Sheffield.  (140120M1)
Birstwith School Choir before leaving for Sheffield. (140120M1)

Pupils from Birstwith CE Primary School joined thousands of pupils from across Yorkshire to sing live at the 13,500-capacity Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Monday.

Filling an arena which just weeks ago shook to the sound of Arctic Monkeys proved no difficulty to the youngsters, however, who were performing as part of the Young Voices series of charity concerts.

The Birstwith pupils spend the afternoon at the arena, and were joined later on as proud parents filled the arena to watch.

Student Fern Johnson sang on stage with her friends, and dad Gary, armed with binoculars, was present to hear the school’s efforts.

Gary told the Nidderdale Herald: “The excitement when the parents walked in was fantastic, there was a buzz about the place.

“The kids were trying to see their parents in the crowd and parents were looking at the stage.

“There were more than 20 schools there, and every one of the pupils was singing the same songs.

“It was a big sound.”

He continued: “They had given all the kids a torch so when the lights went out you got all the sparking lights in the dark. My daughter loved it.

“We took binoculars with us so we could see her!

“When you get all these kids together and put the effort in it goes to show the power of music.

“It can unite people.”

A total of 26 pupils from the school, aged from six to ten, took part.

Business manager at Birstwith School Jane Mellow said: “It was very good. The arena was almost full.

“There were 2,500 children there.

“Our students really enjoyed themselves.

“There was breakdancing, and X Factor’s Stacey Solomon performed.

“They were very excited to go and to sing.

“They had a lot of stamina and they delivered. We are very proud of all of them!”

Young Voices is the largest school choir organiser in the world and currently organises over 14 capacity concerts a year in the UK & Ireland’s leading Arenas.

Each year over 2,500 schools, 90,000 children 6,000 teachers and 120,000 family and friends come together to enjoy music and celebrate singing.

Young Voices has recently set up The Young Voices Foundation.

This is its own charity that aims to inspire and motivate children and young people through music and singing.

The charity also raises money for Clic Sargent and FareShare.