Newham Harmony is Newham’s massed choir, made up of 20 primary and secondary schools and led by Stratford Arts Centre’s resident youth choir NewYVC. Taking place across three days, this festival celebrates the amazing voices of young people across Newham. Each day a different group of talented choirs will be performing alongside NewYVC.
Gallions Y4 pupils were selected to take part. Over the course of the year they attended workshops and rehearsals learning songs and preparing for the final performance at Stratford Circus. The day of the show came and the children went through rigorous sets of rehearsals giving them an insight into how the professionals prepare for shows. Showtime came and the Gallions children were placed right at the front of the choir of voice formed for one night only. They performed a range of songs of different styles and language giving a truly brilliant performance in a professional venue for a large audience. They received a standing ovation at the end and it was wonderful to see them with their families at the end on a musical high from the performance they had just given and the pride you could see in their family eyes.
This is part of a 3-year project that will end with the children performing at a major London venue before the children leave Gallions in Y6. Looking forward to year 2!