Pupils raising their voices for charity CD

Pupils at Surrey Street Primary School have recording a CD with music charity PopUK.

The CD, which involves every pupil in the school, has been funded through local council grants, input from the school and the generosity of the local Salvation Army.

Pupils learnt seven songs in a series of workshops led by professional musicians from PopUK, a music education charity. The songs written by PopUK carry a moral message and cover issues such as the environment and friendship. The CD goes on sale next Tuesday (June 9) at a free concert at The Salvation Army on Vicarage Street for parents and friends of the school.

Salvation Army children’s worker, Carolyn Gomersall, who helped with rehearsals, said: “It’s brilliant! You can really see the children’s confidence growing.”

Carolyn works with the school by listening to children read and is part of the “Open the Book” assembly team which presents a story with a moral message to pupils each week.

She added: “Community is so important and Surrey Street Primary is at the centre of ours.”

Headteacher, Denise Meadows, said: “Our school has pupils from across the world. Diversity, inclusion, supporting each other, and having fun as we learn together, are at the heart of Surrey Street. This experience adds another dimension to their social, moral, cultural, and spiritual education, and will give them memories they will never forget. It will be lovely to see friends and family cheering our pupils on at the concert on Tuesday.”

Year 6 pupil Arslaan, aged 11, is excited to be involved with the CD. He said: “I feel honoured by the fact I will get my own CD that the school has sung together. It will help me remember my time here as this is my last year. It’s going to be exciting to sing songs no one has ever heard before. I’m looking forward to singing in front of loads of people. All my family are coming.”

The free concert will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, June 9 at The Salvation Army, Vicarage Street, Luton.