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By Tristan Harris Wednesday 19 February 2014 Updated: 23/02 23:32
PUPILS from South Bromsgrove High School will be among 600 young people from the UK, France, Germany and Belgium putting on a special concert to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.
Rehearsing is now underway for the concert which takes place at the Royal Albert Hall in September and will see the students perform The Armed Man - a UK Millennium commission which has become one of the most performed choral works of modern times.
Also in the programme, conducted by Sing UK’s artistic director Malcolm Goldring, will be Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and a specially commissioned piece by the British composer Bob Chilcott - that is aimed at providing a fitting legacy for future generations.
The Centenary Chorus project has been organised by Sing UK - a national not-for-profit singing organisation - as part of the Imperial War Museum's Centenary Partnership.
It is bringing hundreds of young voices from the countries involved in the First World War together to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the conflict.
David Whelton, the Philharmonia Orchestra's managing director, said the organisation was delighted to be
working in partnership with Sing UK.
"This occasion will provide a unique and uplifting experience for participants and audiences alike.
"This unique event is just the first stage in a four-year Sing UK project marking the important centenary years of the First World War, which will culminate in a further concert in the Royal Albert Hall in 2018 to mark the end of the First World War."
The 600 students, aged between 13 and 18, will rehearse throughout the year in their regional groups but will not get to sing together as a chorus until just before the concert.
Mr Goldring will meet and work the singers involved and, in between his visits, the students will work with their own choir leaders and Sing UK’s animateurs.
He said: "Bringing together so many young voices from different parts of the United Kingdom and also Belgium, Germany and France will make this special commemorative occasion unique.
"It will be quite a challenge but these young people are bursting with enthusiasm.
"They know that performing in the Royal Albert Hall with one of the world’s finest orchestras is a once in a lifetime experience."
Visit www.singuk.org for more information or join Sing UK on Twitter @SingUKWIFYS or search for Sing UK on Facebook.
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