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Three Winshill schools unite for pop concert with charity

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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THREE primary schools in Burton will be joining together to stage a pop concert and record a CD when pupils return after the summer break.

Tower View, Winshill Village and Holy Rosary primary schools will all take part in the Pop UK event, where they will perform original songs and raise money for charity.

The initiative, in September, aims to bring together people in the community to enjoy a performance and the process of making music.

Organiser Rachel Ortiz, who works for the Pop UK charity, said: "They learn three songs and some funky dance moves to go with it.

"It's a great way to engage the kids and the community.

"The concert at the end is fun and vibrant and it's a great way to celebrate the achievements of the children."

Mrs Ortiz, who lives in Winshill, said she had been working on successful concerts in other parts of the country for some time and now wanted to do something for the area she lived in.

Winshill Parish Council has agreed to donate £500 towards the £1,800 project, with the rest of the money to come from the schools themselves.

Councillor Margaret Fletcher said: "The idea is good and I think the kids will enjoy it."

Other councillors said they thought it would have a positive impact on a large number of people, because it involved all three of the primary schools in the area.

The overall project will last three weeks. The first will be spent learning and rehearsing the songs.

A recording will then be taken and a CD produced during the following week, before a performance at Abbott Beyne School. The date for the concert has yet to be set.

Mrs Ortiz added: "Everyone is invited to the concert – parents, teachers, councillors, the mayor – anybody. We want to get as many members of the community there as possible."

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