Unforgettable experience for St Laurence Junior children as they join world’s largest school choir

Young Voices at the O2

St Laurence CE Junior Academy Year 4 pupils recently took centre stage at Young Voices 2024 world’s largest school choir event at the O2.

More than 150,000 primary school children participated in the musical extravaganza across various venues.

St Laurence CE Junior Academy headteacher Ms Graham said: “Young Voices is one of the best trips ever. Our children have had an experience they will never forget – a chance to sing in the world’s biggest children’s choir and experience live music in a huge venue. The look on their faces when the lights went down and the performance started was priceless!”

The event involved thousands of children harmonising together, creating a symphony that resonated through the massive arena. The St Laurence pupils, under the guidance of Mr Bottle, the school’s music lead, showcased their talent alongside children from numerous other schools.

Mr Bottle said: “They did amazingly to get up and perform to thousands of people in the arena. It’s not an easy thing to do.

“The children did a great job learning all the songs over the last couple of weeks, and I’m immensely proud of them for their efforts and their enthusiasm. I hope this is an experience that stays with them for the rest of their lives, as I know it will with me.”

The Young Voices event not only provided a platform for the pupils to showcase their musical talents but also served as a valuable learning experience. The young performers soaked in the thrill of being part of a grand choir, contributing their voices to a huge performance.

Year 4 parent Ms Gamble said: “It was wonderful to see the children so excited and having so much fun. When they realized the likes of Ed Sheeran had performed in the same place as well, I think the excitement increased even more.

“The children were all very well behaved, especially considering how much of a long day it was. It really was incredible to watch them all up there. Thank you to all the teachers who enabled this to happen. Really hope we can participate again – I know my daughter would love to, I think she’s disappointed it’s over!”

Mr Wood, also a Year 4 parent, added: “I would like to thank all of the teachers who worked so hard behind the scenes to make Young Voices 2024 so special for the children. Every one of you deserves a medal.”

Eddie, a Year 4 pupil, said: “It was an amazing experience to be in the O2 for the first time and to perform there.”