Choir performs live at children’s TV roadshow

Bede Academy Choir at CBBC Live.
Bede Academy Choir at CBBC Live.

Young singers got to rub shoulders with the stars when a school choir received an exclusive invitation to perform on a children’s national television roadshow.

The 42-strong Academy Choir from Bede Academy in Blyth was the only school group to be invited to take part in the CBBC Live roadshow when it visited the north east.

The pupils got to meet several CBBC presenters back stage, including former pop star David Grant.

The event included live broadcasts from some of CBBC’s biggest stars and shows, including Blue Peter, Newsround and Hacker T Dog.

Led by head of music Helen Kerr and pianist Bartholomew Dobson, the Bede choir was given just four weeks to prepare its repertoire and rehearse for the appearance.

Students performed pieces by John Rutter and Andrew Lloyd Webber as well as a medley of folk songs from the north east.

Mrs Kerr said: “It was an amazing opportunity for the Bede Academy Choir and all the students had a brilliant time. They were excited to meet presenters they’ve seen on TV and it was great privilege to be invited to take part.”

The choir is the academy’s biggest choral group and comprises students from all secondary year groups along with seven-year-old Erin Lynch from the primary academy.

The choir’s invitation followed an appearance at Prom Praise at the Royal Albert Hall in London earlier this year, when once again they were the only school choir to be asked to perform.