Choir shows True Colours for charity on TV

Choir shows True Colours for charity on TV

Thirty pupils from Years 5 and 6 took part in a mass singalong at Allington Castle near Maidstone alongside six other schools for the BBC’s Children in Need.

In total, 184 children sang at the 12th-century venue, one of nine locations across the UK which saw 1,399 young people performing True Colours by Cyndi Lauper simultaneously.

Marion Jones, who teaches music at Woodlands, said: “Our senior choir love to sing, and we were very excited to receive an invitation to take part in the Children in Need live broadcast.

“We worked hard and had extra practices at school, and we had to spend a long time rehearsing on the day before the filming took place.

“We had 30 places so it was a case of first come, first served. We had a wonderful time and were very excited to be on live television!”

Last year the choir won first prize at the Tonbridge Lions Junior Schools Choir Competition, and before Christmas they will be performing at the school fair, carol service and end-of-term concert.

They will also be singing at the Family Carols service held at Tonbridge School Chapel with the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society on Saturday [December 14]. “This will be our third year taking part in this lovely event,” said Ms Jones.

“We are also rehearsing for the Young Voices concert in January at the O2 Arena where we sing with thousands of children.”

The Allington performance was led by Karen Hill from Tonbridge, who works for Kent Music and conducts the Kent County Junior Singers.

She said: “I am thrilled to be part of this amazing performance, I have always loved the charity and remember fundraising for BBC Children in Need back when I was at school.

“Music is hugely important to me: whether it’s teaching, singing or conducting, I love nothing more than to share the joy of singing and music with others.

“Conducting the choir is such a privilege and it’s amazing to see what can be created with a group of committed young people.”

You can listen to the song at



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