Academy students sing in House of Commons organised by Michael Ellis MP
Today, a group of Northampton Academy students gave a very special performance in the State Rooms of Mr Speaker’s House in the House of Commons.
The 18 students sang the Hebrew folksong, ‘Hashivenu’ for the Israeli
Ambassador, His Excellency Daniel Taub who then spoke to students about
the relationship between Israel and Britain. The students then had a
chance to quiz His Excellency about Israel and about life as an
Following the session with Ambassador Taub, the students went on a
tour of the Houses of Parliament where they visited the debating
chambers, Westminster Hall and St Stephen’s Hall.
Anne Hill, Principal of Northampton Academy, said:
‘Students thoroughly enjoyed today’s visit and were excited to tell
their classmates about the experience. They performed exceptionally
well and were a credit to themselves and the academy.
‘We were delighted Ambassador Taub was able to meet with us and talk
to the students today. The students really enjoyed talking to him and
learning about what it means to be an ambassador. He gave them a
fantastic insight into the life of an ambassador and how different
governments work together.
‘We are very grateful to our MP, Michael Ellis, who took the time to
organise this special trip for us and were delighted he was able to join
Kemi Olowoyo, Northampton Academy student, said:
‘Today was fantastic. To sing in Parliament is a once in a lifetime
opportunity and one we will never forget. It was a unique performing
experience for us. I usually perform with large audiences in choirs,
but this was more intimate, and left an impression on me.
‘We really enjoyed meeting the Ambassador and hearing about his
work. I had never really thought about how different countries work
together so it was great to learn about this at first-hand.’
Another student Holly Lowe, said:
‘I really enjoyed the tour of the Houses of Parliament. It was great
to see where the MPs work and we all became very excited when famous
politicians walked by!
‘This was very different from anything I’ve ever done before. I have
only joined the choir recently and was proud to represent the academy.
Meeting the Ambassador was a privilege.’
His Excellency Daniel Taub said:
‘One of the most powerful ways of building bridges between peoples is
to appreciate and celebrate each other’s cultures. I was delighted to
be able to meet with the children of Northampton Academy Choir and hear
their rendition of Jewish and Hebrew songs.’
Michael Ellis, MP for Northampton North, who organised the visit for the academy, said:
‘This was a wonderful event and I am delighted to have been able to
arrange such a special opportunity for the boys and girls of Northampton
Academy’s choir. They sang so well in such imposing surroundings. I
know that the Ambassador greatly enjoyed the performance. I will
continue to support Northampton Academy and all the schools in
Northampton in any way I can and I hope that the children will really
benefit from the experience.’