School choir given Blake break

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A SCHOOL choir are hoping to hit all the right notes after being chosen to perform with a classical boy band on tour.

The senior choir at the King’s School in Tynemouth will share the spotlight with Brit Award winners Blake when they appear at the Customs House in South Shields, on Thursday, September 15.

The 40-strong choir, made up of boys and girls aged 12 to 18, will take to the stage to perform some of the group’s classic-pop renditions, such as their versions of Nessun Dorma, Jerusalem and Hallelujah.

The school’s director of music, Philip Sanderson, said: “Our boys and girls are absolutely thrilled at the idea, and they are looking forward to rehearsing for the show.

“It’s a huge compliment to be chosen to sing with Blake.

“The choir see this as an exciting opportunity to extend their performing experience.”

Blake, a vocal quartet, have sold more than half a million albums worldwide and came up with the idea of having a local choirs join them on stage for different gigs after touring schools across the country.

Tenor Oliver Baines said: “We thought about how we could involve school choirs and local community choirs in our live shows, and that getting some of the choirs up on stage with us would be a great experience for both them and us.”

Baritone Jules Knight added: “The kids really engaged with what we did and we were blown away by the talent and confidence of some of them in the mock X Factor-style auditions that we held.”

“With all that singing talent, we just couldn’t understand why choirs weren’t as popular as they used to be.”