Young Voices from Hitchin and Arlesey feel like pop stars at the O2!

Whitehill Junior School choir at the O2 Arena

Whitehill Junior School choir at the O2 Arena - Credit: Archant

Pupils from schools across Hitchin and the area wowed the crowds at the world-famous O2 Arena as they performed alongside more than 7,000 other students and thousands of proud parents.

Young Voices at the O2

Young Voices at the O2 - Credit: Archant

The excited youngsters came together to form one of the largest gatherings of school choirs in the world as they sang at the Young Voices event in the dome-shaped building in London’s Docklands.

Schools attending included Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy in Fishponds Road, Whitehill Junior School in Whitehill Road and Gothic Mead Academy in Arlesey. Whitehill head Steve Mills told the Comet: “It was a very good day at the O2. Our pupils had such a great time with many saying it was one of the best days of their lives.”

Many of the pupils had been working hard to get ready for months – and Gothic Mead principal Thomas Clarke gave them high praise.

“The children did absolutely brilliantly,” he said. “They worked really hard to learn the songs before they went, and they did us proud with their effort and behaviour. I thought a few of them were going to explode with excitement when the lights went down for the concert!”

7,495 Young Voices at the O2 Arena. Credit: Layth Yousif

7,495 Young Voices at the O2 Arena. Credit: Layth Yousif - Credit: Archant


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Year 4 student Beau Packenas added: “I was nervous before we started – but then it felt like I was a pop star!”

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