On Friday 31 January, nine children from Years 4, 5 and 6 went to Manchester Arena to take part in Young Voices. There were over 8,000 children from all over the country taking part in the event. We arrived at 2pm for rehearsals and at 7pm, the main event began. We couldn’t believe how magical it felt when the lights went out and the room was filled with thousands of tiny, white lights. We sang our hearts out and accompanied Ruti (The Voice winner, 2018), The Shires (the UK’s most successful country duo) and Tony Hadley (lead singer of 80’s band, Spandau Ballet). Urban Strides also performed a breath-taking dance routine and encouraged parents to join in too. The atmosphere was electric! We had the most incredible experience and have requested that we take part in it again next year and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Young Voices. A special thank you to Shipley CE Primary School who shared the experience (and their bus) with our staff, and to the staff themselves—Miss Bell, Mrs Dwyer and Miss Day who gave of their time (and secretly loved singing their hearts out!)
Watch an inspirational clip from the Young Voices experience on our School Facebook Page @SuttonCPSchool
And a note from a parent …
‘Wow, wow, wow! What an experience!
My child was lucky enough to be in the first group of children to go to the Young Voices event and represent Sutton CP school.
Can I just say that at times it was breath-taking, the grand scale, the music, Tony Hadley (ha ha) and, of course,the amazing children (all 8,000 of them!)
The arena was filled with parents bursting with pride!
We had the task of locating our children amongst thousands but, with a couple of photos between children and parents, we deciphered our small group waving their banners, which made the event even more special as we could witness (albeit from afar) all the rehearsed moves/actions etc. (Mrs Dwyer and Miss Day never stopped!)
A huge thank you to Miss Bell for all the weeks of practice - it really paid off!
What an experience for all involved. My son absolutely loved it and couldn’t believe he'd sung with Tony Hadley (his Grandma was really jealous!)’
Sutton CP you have the X Factor!