Big Sing Event

Big Sing Event

Parents and carers of over 300 Weymouth primary school pupils packed the sports hall at The Wey Valley School for a mass celebration of song, performing four original ‘kite’ themed pieces by a local composer.

Wey Valley School’s own choir – which has already delighted crowds at the Best of Dorset show earlier this year - spent the morning supporting their young visitors, who came from Radipole, St Andrew's, Wyvern, Southill, Westfield, Bincombe Valley and St Nicholas & St Laurence primary schools.  Composer Geof Edge and conductor Ed Hintze – a well-known local musician who is also a member of Wey Valley’s Performing Arts department – have been liaising with the seven primaries, all members of the Chesil Partnership, since Januaryto prepare them for their big day and the performance in front of parents.

The children were also taught to dance the ‘Lindy-Hop’ by Phoebe Watson and Emese Nagytwo talented Year 10 Wey Valley dance students to accompany the middle section of one of the songs.

Each school had four songs to learn in advance of ‘The Big Sing,’ so that practice time on the day could be spent focusing on learning to perform as one big choir.

Ed Hintze said: “The most challenging song the pupils performed was called Up High Like An Eagle, which has a slower tempo than the others, but they managed it brilliantly.

“The entire day was a wonderful experience and the children were just such enthusiastic singers. The audience loved their afternoon show too.

“The pupils were a credit to their respective primary schools.”

Molly from Radipole Primary School said: “I really liked the music, it was great fun. My favourite song was We Are The Kite.”

Matty from Radipole Primary said: “I had a great time because it was good to sing with children from other schools.”