Ilkeston students ‘Sing it Together’

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More than 100 children from Ilkeston gathered to ‘Sing it Together’ at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

Students from the academy, Chaucer Junior School, St Thomas Catholic Primary School and Kensington Junior School all took part in the event.

The children had been practising five songs in the run up to the concert before performing at the academy in front of staff and parents.

Melanie Pierson, from Derby and Derbyshire Music Partnership, helped the children to rehearse and visited the schools involved.

She said: “They each had three visits where we rehearsed and then we practised altogether for the first time before the concert.

“I think the children have really enjoyed it and the staff have been amazing. The children have learnt a lot of new skills and gained confidence. They had to learn the words to the songs, no-one had sheets, as well as the actions. They’ve learnt how to use their voices and about breathing and facial expressions.”

Academy principal Dave Smith welcomed everyone to the event.

He said: “I would like to thank Melanie and every member of staff, this is a fantastic opportunity and it makes me proud to see groups of children coming together to sing.

“When I was in Year Seven, I had the opportunity to sing in a production of James and the Giant Peach and I still remember my lines today, it’s experiences like this that really do stay with you for the rest of your life. Soon we will have a new building at the academy and we would like to use that for something like this in the future.”

Laura Sheldon, teacher at Kensington Junior School, said the children had enjoyed preparing for the concert.

She said: “We have had three visits from Melanie where we have rehearsed the songs and practised the actions. The children have loved it and it’s the first time a lot of them have done something like this. They’ve been really engaged with it and have been asking all the time to practise.”

Kerry Wheatley, from Chaucer Junior School, said the concert had been fantastic.

She said: “We enjoyed a lovely morning at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

“The children have been so excited preparing at school for today. I think it’s lovely that schools can come together and sing as one.”