BIG Sing 2014 lived up to its name in Bognor Regis.
Harmonies, choruses and verses rang out among some 400 schoolchildren for more than four hours.
Those taking part ranged from their first year in school to their last. They came from every school in the Bognor And Felpham (FAB) group.
One of the singers was budding chart-topper Rhys Nicholas, ten, from Downview Primary School in Felpham.
He said: “I enjoy pop music. If I wanted to be a singer, that’s the sort of song I would sing.
“I just enjoy the fun of singing. I’m a bit nervous at the start, but it’s a relief when I finish.
“The best part is when you get to teach the other children your song.
“It shows they are really paying attention and that they really want to learn new songs.”
Last Thursday’s musical extravaganza in The Arena sports centre’s hall was much more than a concert.
Each of the 12 junior schools performed their chosen songs and taught the large audience to sing it with them in the morning.
The FAB Boys’ Choir gave two performances and Felpham Community College and The Regis School and the FAB Teachers’ Choir also sang.
Co-ordinator Katharine Amaladoss, headteacher of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, said: “As the co-ordinator, I always worry about what could go wrong. I also wonder how it will better the previous year.
“But the children are so enthusiastic to enjoy themselves and get a good singing experience.
“By the end, you can’t wait until next year. The event is now a regular fixture on the FAB diary and one of the first to be put in because everyone wants to take part.”
Sarah Jewell, an assistant headteacher at The Regis School, helped co-ordinate the event. This year was the 11th Big Sing. Some teachers have been involved since the start. Children also return year after year.
Southway Primary School’s Ellie Humphrey, nine, said: “It’s the biggest audience I’ve sung in front of. I want to come back.”
Lily Maud, ten, of Bishop Tufnell Junior, said: “You get to be involved in a wide range of songs and sing other schools’ songs.”
St Mary’s pupil Lucy Edgington, ten, said: “It’s magical to see all the schools doing the same actions as you.”