We’ll sing our Hearts out at Albert Hall

Pupils from the school choir at Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Atherton
Pupils from the school choir at Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Atherton

TALENTED young Wiganers are hitting the high notes after being asked to represent the borough at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall.

Musical youngsters from across the borough will be among 500 performers taking to the stage at the iconic venue on Remembrance Day as part of a huge concert commemorating those who have been killed in war.

Around 60 singers will be Wigan’s representatives in the Greater Manchester Music Hub Choir while five instrumentalists will line up in the Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra for the Schools Proms, which takes place on November 11.

The concert, put together by Wigan Music Service, will include part in a performance of Secret Music, a work by composer Ed Puddick setting words by the World War One poet Siegfried Sassoon, at the Royal Albert Hall.

Head of Wigan Music Service Dave Little said: “As we were asked to give our performance on November 11 in the anniversary year of the start of World War One, we wanted to find a way of incorporating the sentiment of remembrance and history into our performance and the new music we were going to have written.

“The project has been very meaningful and educational on so many different levels.”

Around 575 singers will be on the stage made famous by the annual BBC Proms festival, with the Wigan Junior Youth Choir performing as part of the huge hub ensemble.

The performers will also include 36 youngsters from Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Atherton, who were selected after a string of impressive performances in competitions such as Let’s Sing and also appeared in the hub choir at a high-profile concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester alongside the Halle Orchestra and Halle Children’s Choir.

Headteacher Carrie Morrow said: “We are all extremely proud of our talented children.

“Although it will be a long day for our singers and the coach-load of adult supporters following behind, the chance to perform at the Royal Albert Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and will be remembered for many years to come.”

The Remembrance Day concert is called Freedom and is one of three shows put together for this year’s School Proms, with the festival also including Metamorphosis, exploring how music can be a vehicle for cultural change, and Words, which includes the music of the Renaissance, young singer-songwriters, extracts from the Book of Mormon and poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah.

The Wigan performers will be at the Royal Albert Hall for the Freedom concert on Tuesday November 11. The concert begins at 7.30pm.