Singing pupils take part in worldwide recording

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PUPILS at a Bognor Regis primary school have joined thousands around the world to sing in a ground-breaking virtual choir.

The 150 Key Stage 1 pupils at Edward Bryant School on London Road sang the song There Was A Monkey by Benjamin Britten as part of the centenary celebrations of his birthday.

Their voices were recorded and the track layered with nine others from around West Sussex to create a choir of 1,500 voices.

Across the globe, more than 100,000 children sang in the initiative.

Edward Bryant music teacher Karen Stretch said: “This is the first time a virtual choir of this kind has ever been created in schools.

“The children worked very hard to produce an enthusiastic and fun performance - complete with actions.

“They are rightly very proud of their achievement and it has been a wonderful opportunity to perform in a concert wiht a potential worldwide audience.”

The recent event was one of many being held to mark the British composer’s centenary.

Friday Afternoons is a set of a 12 songs composed by Britten between 1933 and 1935. The simple songs with witty piano accomplishments are dedicated to Britten’s schoolmaster brother, Robert, and the boys of Clive House Preparatory School in Prestatyn.

The school regularly held choir practice and singing lessons on Friday afternoons.