Penrith’s North Lakes School Choir are tuning up for their latest challenge. The Sing Up Platinum School have been invited by the newly formed Cumbria Music Hub, to represent Cumbria as part of the BBC Children in Need Choir on Friday 16th November in a live broadcast from Alnwick Gardens. The action will spread across the country, as presenter and former chorister Aled Jones leads The Choir which unites children across the UK's nations and in 15 regions and leads a 2,500 strong chorus of young singers in an unforgettable performance of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. Last year the reaction by the public was incredible and it raised a staggering amount of money for the charity.
Martyn Soulsby, music co-ordinator said ‘The choir have been busy rehearsing for weeks now, giving up many of their lunchtimes and rehearsing at home too. We are delighted to been asked to perform the children are very excited!’. The 35 strong choir will travel across to Alnwick Gardens this week for their first full rehearsal with other children aged 9-13 from the North East, before heading back for the live performance which will be broadcast at around about 8.30pm on Friday 16th November on BBC1. There is also a very exciting possibility that the song will be available for the public to download after the children have performed on the night.
Head teacher Mike Pincombe said ‘This is another exciting opportunity for the North Lakes Choir who represent the school so well. We are very proud of them and all the efforts that they make with Martyn Soulsby to produce such outstanding performances.’
The children will be busy raising money for Children in Need in school and the choir will present their Fundraising Cheque on the evening. Anyone wishing to support the choir is welcome to make donations to Children in Need at the school office and these will be added to the final total. Keep up to date with the latest news on the school’s exciting website: www.northlakes.cumbria.sch.uk