St Michael’s pupils are popstars

Pupils at St Michael's First School in Alnwick performing at their concert.
Pupils at St Michael's First School in Alnwick performing at their concert.

Pupils at St Michael’s First School in Alnwick have been abuzz with excitement through being the stars of their very own pop concert.

The concert took place in a jam-packed St Michael’s Church on Thursday, June 30, and was attended by friends and family of the school, parishioners and local residents.

Coun Gordon Castle said: “I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I was astounded at the quality of the performance and the enthusiasm of the children. It really lifted the roof off the old church in a way I have seldom, if ever, heard.”

The concert was the culmination of three days of exhilarating work in school to learn seven brand new songs written by Andy Silver, director of non-profit organistation Pop UK and esteemed music composer and performer with the BBC and other organisations.

Andy inspired staff and pupils to make music together in a special way, while the original songs with titles such as Good To Be Me and We’re Having Fun had a strong moral message.

Caroline Hutton-Stott, a parent and governor at the school, worked hard behind the scenes to make it happen, including securing grant funding from trusts within the church.

As one grandmother put it, ‘seeing and hearing all those fantastic children really enjoying and relishing every moment on that stage was an absolute joy’.

The performance was directed by Andy along with a sound engineer and included lights and backing tracks. CDs were on sale afterwards and sold out straight away.

Headteacher Gavin Johnston said: “It was a very special and memorable event for everyone, especially the staff who performed a song too – to the amusement of parents and children alike!

“We hope to repeat it again in future years; it was very worthwhile to promote music and enjoyment of performing to our young people, especially in an overloaded curriculum. The event really showed what a special place St Michael’s is.”