Can you imagine the sound of 450 children plus a packed Hall for Cornwall auditorium singing Abba? That was the finale of the wonderful Sing to Success Goes to the Movies event last week.
10 Sing to Success primary schools plus special guests Doubletrees school wowed the audience with songs from the movies including classics such as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Disney greats like The Lion King plus cult favourite Little Shop of Horrors.
The show was compѐred by BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard who made the show go with a swing, having a chat with each school before they performed, giving the audience a chance to find out a bit more about the performances. After the performance, Daphne tweeted, ‘It was a very lovely evening filled with great musical talent…’
Schools involved were Indian Queens, Trevisker, Doubletrees, St Merryn, St Mary’s Catholic Penzance, Pencoys, Halwin, St Hilary, Truro Prep, St Petrocs and Lanlivery. These schools are part of Cornwall’s primary school singing development programme, Sing to Success, which provides vocal training, singing activities and performance opportunities across Cornwall. Programme Leader Angela Renshaw said, ‘All these schools worked really hard embedding singing into their school life, and it really shows in the quality of tonight’s performances.’
The show is the final summer celebration for Sing to Success which is supported by Truro Prep school and delivered by KEAP along with a consortium including Truro Cathedral, CYMAZ, Music Cornwall and Hall for Cornwall. This year schools have been part of Truro Cathedral outreach, performed at BBC Children in Need, created their own Olympic song and hosted visitors from Kenya through the International Voices project, and had top class training from national vocal leaders through Sing Up. Helen Reynolds from KEAP said, ‘This is the first year of the Sing to Success programme and we have been so busy. Cornish schools really are singing schools, and we love being able to give them the opportunity to perform in big venues like Hall for Cornwall; everyone is really buzzing!’