Young Burnt Mill singers took to the stage with a Brit Award winning group Blake.

Lifestyle / Thu 24th Sep 2015 at 09:41am

Blake and Burnt MillTHE 16 members of the concert choir at Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, were asked to perform five songs alongside British vocal group Blake.

The request from the Harlow Playhouse came after the students also put on a successful show alongside The Drifters.

The students, who had never sung opera before, had to learn the songs – including Nessun Dorma and Halo – in just two weeks.

Music teacher Carla Rubery, who conducted at the show, said: “It was great for them to be on stage with three professional singers who have won Brit Awards. The style of singing took our students out of their comfort zone, but as ever, they rose to the challenge. It was a lot of effort, but it all paid off.

“I am so proud of what they achieve.”

The students, who took part in a sound check with Blake and received advice from the professionals, recently returned from their first international tour in Germany.

Helena Mills, head of BMAT schools, said: “Part of BMAT’s educational vision is to ensure every child is a musician. As Plato wrote, ‘music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination’.

“I am delighted our passionate staff do everything to expose our children to music both inside and outside lessons.”

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