At 7.45 a.m. on Thursday 1st February, our Young Voices Choir and assorted family and friends gathered in the school hall ready to head off on our big day out in London. Our journey went smoothly and we arrived at the O2 Arena in good time.
After group photos outside, we said goodbye to all the adults and headed in to the venue to find our seats. Having hung our shiny new Sheringham banner, kindly made for us by Kevin Rawles at Brainchild Graphics, we were ready for the afternoon rehearsal. You could feel the excitement building and a huge cheer went up when the conductor David Lawrence took to the podium to lead us through our two and a half hour rehearsal.
After a short break for tea we headed back to our seats and started to wave to family and friends who were now making their way into the arena. It was nearly showtime and the excitement was reaching fever pitch!
Finally the house lights went down and a huge cheer filled the air. The darkness was illuminated by thousands of tiny torches being waved by the children as Grace Chatto, the singer with Clean Bandit, led us through a performance of 'Symphony'.
For the next two hours we entertained, along with nearly 8,000 other children, the capacity crowd with song and dance. We sang a wide range of songs including classics by; Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran and Toto, a medley of classic cartoon themes and many others. We even had an 'Old Skool 90's' dance off between us and the audience led by the amazing Andy from Urban Strides.
Before we knew it the show was over and it was time to head back to the coach.
After a while we were let out of the arena and made our way through the crowd wearing our distinctive orange beanies kindly supplied to us by Mark Welch and Logowear.
As we neared the coach we were greeted by a huge round of applause from delighted family and friends.
It was a day that we will never forget and we look forward to doing it all again next year.