Singers aiming for top notes on stage


Hundreds of excited children are learning songs and practising dance moves for their big showcase at a top venue.

More than 30 primary schools from Derbyshire will be represented at the Young Voices concert in Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.

Pupils from Chesterfield’s Highfield Hall will form part of a 7,000-strong choir which will sing with I’m A Celebrity queen and X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon.

Guided by Sally Briddon and Sue Coates, the Highfield Hall choir has been working hard for three months to learn the words and tunes for 12 different compositions, the favourite of which is a pop medley.

For some of the children, it will be the first time that they have sung in front of an audience.

Highfield Hall’s headteacher Gary Martin said: “This an amazing opportunity for the choir, they are loving learning the songs and I know they will enjoy the concert even more. Being able to perform at the Motorpoint Arena is something they will remember for a very long time.”

Other Derbyshire schools performing at the Young Voices concerts are:

Brockwell Junior School, Whitecotes Primary School, Brampton Primary School and Hady Primary School, all of Chesterfield.

William Levick Primary School, Stonelow Junior School, Northfield Junior School, St. Andrews CE/Methodist Primary School and Gorseybrigg Primary School, from Dronfield.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Staveley Woodthorpe CE Primary School, Mastin Moor, Grassmoor Primary School and Brimington Junior School.

Creswell Junior School, Whitwell Primary School, Eckington Camms Primary School, Barlborough Primary School and Bramley Vale Primary School.

Wigley Primary School, Cutthorpe Primary School, Unstone Junior School and Penny Acres Primary School, Holmesfield.

St Michael’s CE School in Hathersage, Grindleford Primary School, Youlgreave’s All Saints CE Primary School, Bamford Primary School, Curbar Primary School, Bakewell Methodist Junior School, Monyash CE Primary School, Parwich Primary School,

Riddings Junior School, Swanwick Primary School, Tibshelf Community School and Glebe Junior School, South Normanton,

The Young Voices event is at the Motorpoint Arena from January 20 to 23.