Star Primary School wows judges in national singing competition

Posted on the 2nd September 2019

Lucky students at Star Primary School in Canning Town, East London, have been crowned WellChild School Choir of the year in our annual national competition. You can see their winning entry here >>

Pupils from the Star School have won the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the prestigious WellChild Awards in London this October. Last year’s ceremony was attended by WellChild Patron HRH The Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex along with a host of celebrity guests including magician Dynamo, TV personality Katie Piper, Sports presenter Ed Chamberlin, Eastenders actor Scott Maslen and reality TV star Lucy Mecklenburgh.

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 Lean on Me, by Bill Withers.

“It means so much to the children, who were excited just to take part in the competition. It’s been a long road to get here and I know they’re going to be absolutely thrilled to find out they’ve won!”

Beth Marshall, Music Leader at Star Primary School

The Star School’s performance stood out in the live public vote in June and July and they went through to 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: “We are delighted to have again provided this exciting opportunity for school choirs across the UK to get involved in a fun musical competition with a great prize. The schools are also fundraising to support WellChild’s 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 in hospital. Our huge congratulations go to our winners the Star Primary School.”

The competition was such a big hit that WellChild is already committed to running it again next year and schools can register their interest in next year’s competition on our website here www.wellchild.org.uk/schoolchoir

The winning entry from Star Primary School

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