Students Sing at the Royal Albert Hall

Students from schools from across Solihull and beyond, including Heart of England took part in an amazing choir event at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 26 March.  Armonico Consort and AC Academy worked with over 2000 students who sang their hearts out at the iconic venue.

Heart of England students perform at the Royal Albert Hall

The young people were accompanied by a professional West End orchestra and internationally renowned stars of stage and screen, including Mark Williams (aka Mr Weasley, Harry Potter) and Strictly Come Dancing stars Gorka and Diane.

The concert featured music from all genres such as pop music from Take That, musicals like The Lion King and classical music across the ages including Handel’s Zadok the Priest.

Gorka and Diane from Strictly Come Dancing-Royal Albert HallThe event was co-ordinated by the AC Academy which is Armonico Consort’s extensive and imaginative singing education programme.  The programme reaches 15,000 young people every year offering life-changing experiences and first-class performance opportunities such as the performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

It was a long day for our student performers.  They left Heart of England at 8.30am and started rehearsing after lunch.  Working hard in the afternoon, they were ready for the public performance at 7pm.  Tired but exhilarated after the concert, our troupe of performers left for home and arrived back at school in the early hours of Tuesday – but it was worth it!

Panoramic view of RAH at AC Academy performance 2018

The students were accompanied by Head or Music Sarah Henton who said: “Despite being an exhausting day, it was worth the journey for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you to all the students, organisers and staff who made this day spectacular!”