Riverside School win national singing competition

Posted on the 8th August 2018

Twenty lucky students at Riverside School in Orpington, Kent, have been crowned the winners of the Over the Rainbow singing competition from national children’s charity WellChild.

Riverside students have not only been awarded the title WellChild School Choir of the Year but have won the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the prestigious WellChild Awards in London. Last year’s ceremony was attended by WellChild Patron HRH The Duke of Sussex and a host of celebrity guests including rapper Stormzy, magician Dynamo, Gaby Roslin, Diversity’s Ashley Banjo and Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne.

The competition saw schools from across the UK go head to head in an online public vote with each school posting a video of their rendition of the classic song Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have won this year’s WellChild Choir Competition. From conception to completion, the impact of the Defying Gravity project on our pupils has been profound and the response from families and the whole Riverside School community has been one of pure joy and pride. We can't wait to perform to such a star-studded audience at the prestigious awards ceremony in September."

Chantal Cook, Head of Expressive Arts at Riverside School

Riverside’s performance stood out in the live public vote in June and they were among the finalists for the final judging by a panel of musical experts and celebrities including professional classical singer David Webb and TV talent show judge Rachel Mason from Sky One’s Sing: Ultimate A Cappella.

WellChild Chief Executive Colin Dyer said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for schools across the UK to get involved in a fun musical competition with a great prize. At the same time they are helping WellChild to continue its work supporting a growing population of seriously ill children and young people across the UK to be cared for at home with their families instead of hospital. A huge congratulations to Riverside School!”

Watch Riverside School's winning entry...

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