London’s O2 Arena saw our Eastbrook Young Voices Choir return for a repeat performance for 2024 on Tuesday evening. Following months and months of weekly choir practice, the twenty four musical enthusiasts from across KS2 finally got to experience their fifteen minutes of fame by performing as part of the world’s largest choir, consisting of no less than 8457 children.
The pupils not only moved and grooved along to ten songs that they had rehearsed, encapsulating music from a variety of artists including Coldplay and Noel Gay, but also marvelled at the jaw dropping performances by the infamous Urban Strides dance troupe and wise words of MC Grammar.
The day was phenomenal from start to finish. The train journey to the arena was full of buzz, anticipation and many a request for a snack break. It turns out that singing makes you insatiably ravenous. On arrival at the O2, Eastbrook were shown to their seats- even bagging some in the front row and all with an absolutely magnificent view of the stage and the show that was to come.
With such energy filling the arena, the show rehearsal with principal conductor, David Lawrence, seemed to whizz by in a heartbeat and before we knew it the arena was filling up fast with excited parents and the Young Voices Choir were concert ready.
At 7PM, the lights went down and the arena was turned into the most beautiful galaxy of stars, filled with 8457 shining torches and glorious voices. After two hours of singing, dancing, clapping and cheering, the show was over. It was an absolutely amazing experience and one that has definitely left its mark on our Eastbrook pupils and our newest members of the choir who participated for the first time. The quote of the day from one of our pupils has to be, “This feels like a dream.” Mrs Turner has already had several children try and reserve their spot for the 2025 show.
Not finishing their day until past 9.30PM, our little learners were absolute Trojans, showing such zest, stamina and creativity until the very end. Thank you all for bringing your Eastbrook virtues with you. We are all beyond proud of you and your participation.