It’s no surprise that pupils and teachers alike were excited to take part in Accent’s Children of the Hub Sing Stadium Event: ‘Totally 80’s’ at the Halton Stadium on 10 July 2019. It was neon headbands, glow sticks and even inflatable guitars at the ready for the schools who came along to perform on the evening.
Accompanied by a live band, the ‘choir’ of almost 1000 young voices sang their hearts out to 2-part arrangements of classics from the 80’s. Having learned their individual parts back in the classrooms, the schools came together for the first time on the day itself. Our audience of over 2,500 joined in enthusiastically, singing along to hits including Van Halen’s ‘Jump’, ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe and Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’. Hats off to everyone in our 4-piece band and special mention to Mr Jimmy B for making fiendishly difficult guitar solos seem effortless!
As ever, children and audience alike enjoyed performances from the secondary schools ‘Footloose’ from The Heath Dancers wowed everyone with its amazing choreography, which included cartwheels and backflips. Great Sankey High School singers Owen and Holly performed ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby’, and along with soloist Brogan from Ssts Peter and Paul Catholic College school and Kaity from The Heath School who sang ‘Black Velvet’ and ‘The Greatest Love of All’ respectively were excellent ambassadors for their schools.
The Ssts Peter and Paul’s Samba Band under the excellent leadership of Dave Phillips also gave two performances and had the audience dancing in their seats!
Organiser Janet Whittingham, Accent’s Deputy Music Education Commissioner and Vocal Strategy Lead hosted the evening and, along with Andrea Price (Priceless Music) conducted the massed choir.
“The Stadium Event is another chance to celebrate the joy of sharing music and singing together. The children have worked incredibly hard in the run up to the performance this evening, tackling some challenging music and part-singing. As ever the teachers have played a major role in the preparations for the event and I am so grateful that we have such committed staff in our schools – and such brilliant children! Thanks too to our audience for their generosity and raising a staggering £1125 for Cystic Fibrosis Trust”.
Special guests included the Mayor of Warrington, Cllr. Wendy Johnson and her consort Mrs Beverley Hallam. The Mayor presented certificates to the participating schools, taking time to speak to the children who came up as their representatives.
Our thanks to AJB Sound and Lighting for working their magic again this year and to Ian, Bruce and the staff at Halton Stadium for their help and advice along the way.
Beechwood Primary School
Brookvale Primary School
Castle View Primary School
Croft Primary School
Ditton Primary School
Fairfield Primary School
Farnworth CE Primary School
Great Sankey High School
Hale C of E Primary School
Lunts Heath Primary School
Murdishaw West Community Primary School
Newchurch Community Primary School
Oakfield Community Primary School
Palace Fields Primary School
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
Ssts. Peter and Paul Catholic College
St Bede’s Catholic Primary School
St Clement's Catholic Primary School
St Edward's Catholic Primary School
St Mary's Halton C of E Primary School
St Michael's Catholic Primary School
St Peter’s Catholic Primary School
Statham Community Primary School
The Brow Community Primary School
The Heath School
The Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School
Twiss Green Primary School
Victoria Road Primary School
Windmill Hill Primary School