A CHOIR from a Derby special school are hoping to win over the Duke of Sussex in a national singing competition.
The St Giles choir are one of 12 primary schools vying for the title of WellChild School Choir of the Year. The winners of the competition will perform at a glitzy awards ceremony hosted by the charity in London later this year.
The national competition is organised by charity WellChild and is open to primary schools in the UK. They have been asked to submit a video of them singing the Bill Withers classic ‘Lean On Me’ with the winners getting the chance to perform their version in front of a star-studded audience, including patron of the charity, Prince Harry.
The St Giles School choir use Makaton – a form of communication which uses signs and symbols – during performances. They will find out if they have been successful later this month.
Teacher Naomi Smyth said: “We really want to support the WellChild charity and to raise publicity for the fantastic work they do.
“Many of the children at St Giles School have varying health needs and we really feel that this charity is close to our hearts. We are singing and signing ‘Lean On Me’ in the competition and have learned the sign for ‘help’ so that the children can relate to it; we work hard here at St Giles on how we can help and look after our friends, so we feel that this song is a lovely way of sharing that.”
WellChild chief executive Colin Dyer said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for schools across the UK to get involved in a fun musical competition with a great prize while at the same time helping WellChild with our work supporting seriously ill children and their families.
“We wish all the entrant singing their hearts out with their version of ‘Lean On Me’ the very best of luck.”
The St Giles choir have previously performed at the INTU Derby Christmas concert and, more recently, pupils from the Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rated school joined up with Year 5 pupils from Darley Dale Primary School as part of an inclusive partnership day.
Voting for the WellChild Choir competition closes on July 12. You can register your vote for St Giles by going to www.wellchild.org.uk/schoolchoir
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