17:41 Tuesday 14 January 2014

Pupils set to perform with X-Factor finalist

Written bySARAH BOULD

CHILDREN from a South Derbyshire primary school will sing with popstar Stacey Solomon in front of a massive crowd at Birmingham LG Arena tomorrow night.

The 45 children from Coton-in-the-Elms CE Primary School will join thousands of youngsters from schools across the country to form a mass choir as part of a scheme called Young Voices.

The children, aged between seven and 11, will take to the stage sing Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man with the former X-Factor contestant and 2010 winner of I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here.

There is also expected to be a male singer joining the children, but his identity has not yet been revealed.

Headteacher Matthew Baxter told the Mail: “It is something that you have to apply for and this is the first time we have had a ‘yes’.

“You then get a series of songs to learn, and dances.

“The arena will be almost full because we are taking a lot of parents and there will be parents from all the other schools

“They are going to be singing with someone else but we don’t know who it is yet.

“We joked because we are doing Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi and said it could be him.

The children will be singing a variety of songs, ranging from Mr Blue Sky, Songs of England and You Raise Me Up.”

In all they have over 30 different songs to learn and perform, including traditional songs of England and Christian songs, as well as ones by Olly Murs and One Direction.

Mr Baxter added: “The children are very excited, the staff are also excited and nervous because we will be singing on the stage too.”

Teacher and organiser Deborah Challinor said: “We are so excited for the children, I am sure they will make the most of a wonderful opportunity to perform at the LG Arena.

“To sing in such a huge venue as part of choir of up to 8,000 children is amazing for our small school.

“I hope the children will remember this for the rest of their lives.”

The arena has a capacity of up to 15,000 and major stars have performed there.

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