Young Voices 2024

January 30, 2024 11:02am

On Tuesday 16th January, children from our Medway primaries took part in the Young Voices concert at the London O2 Arena.

The children from All Faiths Children’s Academy, The Gordon Children’s Academy, Cedar Children’s Academy and New Horizons Children’s Academy had been practising the different songs, medleys and dance moves since September and finally all came together to make up a choir of 9027 children singing in unison.

The children arrived for a dress rehearsal where they perfected their numbers and additional lyrics learnt on the day to support the performers. Throughout the concert, the children sang their hearts out and accompanied the artists including, MC Grammar and Natalie Williams. They also danced the night away with performances by Urban Striders and even took part in a dance battle against their parents. 

In preparation for the event, a dress rehearsal concert for parents to watch was held at Cedar Children’s Academy and included children from all our Strood schools. The children all showed real confidence and determination as this was the first time they had sung without the lyrics to all the songs and in front of an audience.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience with, many of them commenting:

I liked it when Andy came on stage – Bowie, Y3 

I liked it when they did the sky full of stars and ate food – Isla, Y3 

I liked it when we all sang along – Lacey D, Y6 

It was my first time and it was spectacular the lights shimmered like stars it was very exciting seeing MC Grammar, Natalie Williams and Nandi Bushell. #legend – Sonia, Y6 

It was an amazing experience; credit goes to the teachers who made it possible. A memorable and exquisite time I certainly won’t forget! (#legend teachers) I wish I could go for a 3rd time – Omeed, Y6 

I loved when it was completely dark and everyone shone their torch. – Owen, Y6 

It was my second time and it never fails to impress me so, I loved and wishedI could go again – Elizabeth, Y6 

I liked that everyone sang together – Nora, Y4 

I liked MC Grammar was there but the fire was amazing and my favourite part – Ibrahim, Y4 

My most favourite part was Nandi Bushell and the finale – Praise, Y4 

I loved it when all of the lights turned off and instead there were loads of different colours – Ida, Y4 

I liked the part where Nandi Bushell did the drumset best and when there were spark sprinklers #legends – Aanu, Y4 

I liked it when at the start we all heard the Barbie song – Simi, Y4 

I was amazed how Nandi Bushell was only 13 years old and she is very good at the drums - #legend – Tristan, Y4