United Learning Choir Opens England vs Australia Four Nations Match on Remembrance Sunday
On Sunday, 400 pupils from 11 United Learning schools across London and the South East performed live on pitch to open the special Remembrance Day England vs Australia match.
Aged between 9 and 18, the children performed the national anthem to kick off the RFL Four Nations rugby match at London’s Olympic Park venue. They sang as part of the Chant Choir, run by music education provider Chant Productions which combines sports and music to give young people a platform for live performances.
United Learning brought together pupils from 11 of its schools for the performance: Ashford School and Wye School in Kent; Dunottar School in Surrey; and Paddington Academy, Lambeth Academy, The Hurlingham Academy, Walthamstow Academy, The Totteridge Academy, Goresbrook School, Wilberforce Primary and Langford Primary across London.
Children had been rehearsing for the performance in their individual schools, following workshops with Chant Productions’ professional opera singers during which they learnt the national anthem and a Britpop medley, along with stagecraft techniques to help build their confidence in performing live in front of such a large audience.
Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts at United Learning, said:
“We are thrilled to be working with Chant this year as they continue to inspire so many students. The unique opportunity to perform at such an iconic venue is one that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Mike Buchanan, Headmaster of Ashford School, said of the performance:
“Here is another example of young people from state and independent schools collaborating in partnership for their mutual benefit and joy. United Learning schools do this regularly in a way that is natural, simple and, dare I suggest it, an example to others grappling with this concept. Partnerships such as this are the way to extend a great education to all.”
Emma Skae, Principal of Walthamstow Academy, said:
“I was thrilled to watch our students perform at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday. It was a wonderful opportunity for them, and they sang brilliantly. It was a great start to the match.”
Chloe, a student from Walthamstow Academy, said:
“We really liked the fireworks at the stadium. The Olympic Stadium is so big! The singing was brilliant – we all showed it in front our parents. They were really excited and happy to see us up there.”
Annabel, 11, from Dunottar School said:
“The best moment for me was when we were singing on the rugby pitch because it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”