Young voices sing again

The Parklee Community School choir holding up their banner at the Young Voices concert at the MEN Arena in Manchester
The Parklee Community School choir holding up their banner at the Young Voices concert at the MEN Arena in Manchester
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PUPILS at an Atherton school were certainly hitting the high notes after taking part in a spectacular, star-studded concert in Manchester.

The choir from Parklee Community School was among the 8,000 participants from across the North West in the Young Voices concert, held at the MEN Arena.

The line-up for the concert, held annually to encourage children in schools to sing and take part in music and the arts, included Connie Talbot from Britain’s Got Talent, dance group Urban Strides and Irish folk band The High Kings.

The young singers performed music including a Queen medley and songs by The Wanted and Katy Perry, following a term of weekly rehearsals after school which begun last September.

The performers packed out both tiers of half the MEN Arena, with the rest of the arena and floor space being filled by more than 6,000 spectators.

Parklee first took part in the competition in 2009, and have been involved in Young Voices every year since.

Acting Head Mark Grogan said: “This is the first year that I have attended the event and unless you have seen it first hand then it is hard to comprehend just how it works,

“It was a very long day, but all the children were really excited at performing in such a large venue with so many family and friends watching.”

Parklee’s head of music Karen Parkin said: “The children, staff and parents put in a lot of work beforehand to learn the songs and dance moves, culminating in a fantastic day where we joined with thousands of other school children to sing together.

“The concert itself is an unforgettable experience, and we can’t wait to get started on next year’s songs.”