Academy joins unique celebration of music at the Royal Albert Hall

Academy joins unique celebration of music at the Royal Albert Hall

6th May 2014


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.

Forty three students took part, joining a choir of 740 from across Britain.
Director of music at Bede Helen Kerr explained: “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.

The day itself began with a 6.45am departure from Blyth and straight into rehearsals at the Royal Albert Hall, followed by a short break then the concert.

Helen added: “I’d taken some students to a Northern Sinfonia concert at The Sage the night before, which was a late night, followed by a very long day in London and overnight at a youth hostel in the capital.

“The staff team who came with us were fantastic and it was a truly memorable experience for everyone.”

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.

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