Youngsters sing at Prom Praise

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Young singers were given the honour of performing at the Royal Albert Hall after their academy was the only school in Britain to take part in the national Prom Praise event.

Bede Academy in Blyth, was invited to join the unique celebration of music in London, led by All Souls Orchestra.

A total of 43 students took part, joining a choir of 740 from across Britain.

Director of music at Bede, Helen Kerr, said: “Last year we took part in Prom Praise at The Sage Gateshead and as a result were invited to join this year’s event in London.

“It was an amazing, uplifting experience for our students and an incredible honour to be the only school asked to perform with the Prom Praise choir.”

The students sang a variety of music, including classical, traditional hymns and modern songs.

The programme featured famous figures from the worlds of classical and worship music including soprano Helen-Jane Howells, solo violinist Rebecca Eves, Graham Kendrick, Paul Baloche and Martin Smith.

“We received the music a couple of weeks before the Easter holidays so there was a lot of work learning and rehearsing some very challenging pieces,” said Helen.

Bede Academy choir has been invited to join the Children’s BBC Roadshow in Gateshead on May 31 and will be taking part in the Blyth Methodist Church Flower Festival on June 13.