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Surrey school children perform at Royal Albert Hall

More than 1,500 Surrey school children performed before royalty this week (29 May) at one of the world’s most famous concert venues.

The children took to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall in front of a sold out crowd that included the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie, at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 May for a concert organised by Surrey County Council to celebrate the 2012 Games. Click here to download photo.

The concert, organised by Surrey County Council, saw the youngsters perform sport-inspired songs to celebrate the 2012 Games coming to the county.

Surrey is hosting the men’s and women’s Olympic cycling road races on the opening weekend of the Games on 28 and 29 July and the road cycling time trials on 1 August.

The pupils were joined by The Band of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Apollo5 Vocal Quintet, among others.

The event also celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Lavinia Sealy, Chairman of Surrey County Council, said: “The concert showcased the exceptional talent we have in Surrey. The children were so excited to be performing at The Royal Albert Hall and I hope it inspires many of them to pursue a career in the arts.”

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games said: “What a way to kick-off Surrey’s involvement in the 2012 Games. The concert gave so many children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on one of the world’s most famous stages. It proved the Olympic and Paralympic Games are about celebrating culture as well as sport.”

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For more information, journalists can contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email nicole.herlihy@surreycc.gov.uk

Notes to editors

The event was organised by Surrey County Council’s arts service.

Visit www.gosurrey.info for more information about Surrey’s involvement in the 2012 Games.

Schools involved included:

Bell Farm School, Walton-on-Thames
Bisley C of E Primary, Bisley
Broadmere Primary School, Woking
Bushy Hill Junior School, Guildford
Claygate Primary School, Claygate
Cleves School, Weybridge
Cranmere Primary School, Esher
Hale School, Farnham
Holly Lodge School, Ash Vale
Holy Family School, Addlestone
Meadow Primary School, Epsom
Mytchett Primary School, Camberley
North Downs Primary School, Betchworth
Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, Staines-upon-Thames
The Park School, Woking
Park Mead School, Cranleigh
St Andrew’s Primary, Cobham
St Catherine’s Primary, Bletchingley
St Francis’ Catholic School, Caterham
St Matthew’s C of E Primary, Surbiton
St Polycarp’s School, Farnham
Shawfield Primary School, Ash
Spelthorne School, Ashford
Springfield Primary School, Sunbury-on-Thames
Tillingbourne School, Guildford
The Weald School, Dorking
Westfield Primary School, Woking
Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Hersham
The Ashcombe School, Dorking
Gordon’s School, Woking
Esher High School, Esher
St Bede’s, Redhill
Howard of Effingham School, Effingham
The Warwick School, Redhill
Rydens Enterprise School, Walton-on-Thames
Kings International College, Camberley
Gosden House School, Bramley
Carwarden House School, Camberley
Meath School, Chertsey
Portesbery School, Camberley

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