Crowland pupils sing with acclaimed conductor

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Internationally acclaimed conductor David Lawrence visited children at South View Community Primary School on Friday.

The principal conductor for Young Voices was invited to visit the school following the children’s annual trip to the 02 to take part in a Young Voices concert.

A staff member said the concert had been amazing and added: “The children wanted to take their incredible experience one step further.”

Mr Lawrence – an internationally acclaimed choral conductor who has conducted a number of prestigious musical groups, including the London Symphony Orchestra – was invited to hold singing workshops in school with children from years 3 to 6.

The spokesman said: “Music is an area in which the school excels, having many children taking up musical instruments and attending musical groups outside of school.”

Over 200 children from South View’s Key Stage 2 rehearsed with their teachers to prepare for their workshop, practising both songs they were familiar with and new material.

The children also rehearsed Let Love Shine Through with Mr Lawrence, a song they have been working on in order to take part in National Sing Up Day on Wednesday with the rest of the country.

Parents and teachers also had the opportunity to sing with David as a choir after the school day was over.

Headteacher Mrs Joanne Tomlins said: “Our children gain so much from the Young Voices experience and, while they return to school buzzing and chatty, they often feel sad that their involvement in such an amazing event is over so quickly. Every year the children begin to look forward to Young Voices as early as September and, as a school, we wanted something further to prolong the ‘awe and wonder’ of the event.”