Music for Youth: Choir head to capital for Schools Proms
From a flash mob on the streets of Halifax to performing at the Royal Albert Hall, Calderdale’s schoolchildren have certainly found their voice this year and are ready to take on one of the most prestigious school events in the calendar.
Pupils from ten primary schools across Halifax will head to London in November as they prepare to perform at the annual Schools Prom event at the Royal Albert Hall.
Almost 700 children from Parkinson Lane Community Primary School are spearheading the project alongside their music teachers, turn musical conductors for the ‘Calderdale Massed Ensemble’ team – Shahbaz Hussain and Bobby R.S.
The local representatives will perform on one of the nation’s most famous stages as part of the ‘Metamorphosis’ themed concert in the first of three evenings organised by national youth music organisation Music for Youth.
A song made famous by the Qawwali legend, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, entitled ‘Tumhein Dillagi’ will be performed by the schools, bringing a whole new genre of music to the Schools Prom.
Musical conductor, Bobby, said he was excited when he first heard the school’s bid had been accepted and was now ready to travel to the capital next month.
“The night before the announcement was made I was a little bit nervous but remained confident that we were good enough to perform at the Proms,” he said.
“Over the past few months, we have been looking at community cohesion work, studying Razia Sultan and emperors and empresses.
“The children performed a one hour play which also looked at the differences between good and bad, justice and injustice, through song and theatre.
“It is this idea that will be taken to the Schools Prom and we are all now very excited to take this new type of music, and performance, to the prestigious event.”
All children will wear costumes during the production whilst an interpretive dance is set to accompany the 650-strong choir.
Rizwana Ahmed, deputy headteacher at Parkinson Lane, acknowledged the hard work undertaken by pupils and staff.
“The staff of the school have really excelled themselves, the children rose to the occasion and performed the play and song in a manner that made them stand out from the rest,” she said.
“Having seen the children performing I know the audience of the Royal Albert Hall will not be disappointed.”
Giving a further insight as to what the performance will entail, Mrs Akhtar Hussain added: “At intervals the chants are broken by individual performers that make your insides glow with pride.”
An audience at the Victoria Theatre enjoyed a sneak preview of the performance in July, which was very well received whilst closer to home, a flashmob overtook the streets of Halifax with hundreds of youngsters showcasing their singing talents.
The first evening of the Schools Proms will take place on Monday 10th November with 11 schools from Calderdale taking part in the event.
The schools involved in the project are: All Saints CE (VA) J & I School, Holy Trinity P.S CE, Luddenden CE School, Mount Pellon Primary Academy, Parkinson Lane Community Primary School, St Augustine’s CE, St Mary’s Catholic PS, Warley Road PS, Halifax High, The Crossley Heath School and The North Halifax Grammar School.