Gala glory

PUBLISHED: 12:39 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:54 06 May 2010

PUPILS from 27 schools in Comet country are getting ready for the singing performance of their lives. They are set to take part in an epic music concert to be held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, next spring. It will feature a total of 138 Hertfordshire

PUPILS from 27 schools in Comet country are getting ready for the singing performance of their lives.

They are set to take part in an epic music concert to be held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, next spring.

It will feature a total of 138 Hertfordshire schools in its choir, as well as performers from Herfordshire Schools' Symphony Orchestra, Hertfordshire Youth Jazz Ensemble and Dance in Herts.

There has been so much interest in the Hertfordshire Schools' Gala that an extra performance has been scheduled - there will now be one on March 18 and two on March 19. Over the two days, more than 3,600 children will be singing in the choir.

The Stevenage schools involved are Almond Hill Junior, Bedwell Primary and Nursery, Roebuck Primary, Longmeadow Primary, Camps Hill Community Primary, Ashtree JMI and Nursery, Shephalbury Park Primary, Trotts Hill Primary and Nursery, and Giles Junior. They have been joined by Aston St Mary's C of E and Benington C of E.

Those from North Herts are St Mary's Junior and St John's RC Primary, both Baldock, Wilbury Junior, Radburn Primary, St Thomas More RC Primary, all Letchworth GC, Samuel Lucas JMI. Wilshere-Dacre Primary, Purwell Primary, Our Lady RC Primary, Whitehill Junior and William Ransom Primary, all Hitchin, Hexton JMI, Ickleford Primary. St Ippolyts JMI, Preston Primary and Graveley Primary.

Between October and February, the young singers will be practising to perfect the choral piece which has been composed by musician Chris Hazell and is based around the theme Every Child Matters.

"The schools' gala takes a huge amount of organisation and we've tried to ensure that as many schools as possible can take part," said John Witchell, head of Hertfordshire Music Service who will be conducting the concert.

"Confirmation of participating schools is just the start of months of hard work - we have a lot of challenges ahead and are looking forward to working on such an event.

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