CHORISTERS from Greatham Primary School performed at the O2 in London on February 5 as part of the Young Voices initiative.

Pupils stood alongside other primary school choirs from across the country as they sang with Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley and received a video message of support from actor Hugh Jackman.

Headteacher Jo Goman said: "Forty children from Greatham Primary School were lucky enough to participate in the Young Voices concert at the O2.

"As the Greatham children performed to medleys from The Greatest Showman, American country music and hits from the big band era, they were joined by a record-breaking 8,500 children. The sell-out audience were thrilled.

"Young Voices’ aim is to inspire a love of music and create memories for the children that will last a lifetime. Greatham children would certainly agree and they are already planning next year’s trip!"

The Greatham children were following in the footsteps of those from Woodlea Primary School in Whitehill, who sang in another Young Voices concert at the O2 on January 29.

A Young Voices spokesman said: "For the past 20 years, Young Voices has staged the largest children’s choir concerts in the world. Each night, between 5,000 and 8,500 children perform as a single choir to an audience of family and friends.

"Our music is selected to create a diverse repertoire, with the intention to introduce children to the widest possible spectrum of music. By providing a range of styles, children will learn, enjoy and gain a fuller understanding of music and what it means to sing together. We also aspire to share in the learning experience when children practise at home.

"For some of the music, we provide a simple selection of dance moves that are learned and performed whilst singing the songs. Children and teachers particularly enjoy the combination of dancing and singing, adding a fun, electric atmosphere to the concert."