Twenty lucky students at Broad Oak Community have been crowned the winners of the Over the rainbow singing competition from national children’s charity WellChild.
Broad Oak students have not only been titled WellChild School Choir of the Year but have won the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the prestigious WellChild Awards in London. Last year’s ceremony was attended by Prince Harry and a host of celebrity guests including Sir Rod Stewart, Gaby Roslin, Diversity’s Ashley Banjo, Katie Piper and Dragon’s Den star Touker Souleyman.
The competition saw schools from across the UK go head to head in an online public vote with each school posting a video of their rendition of the Wizard of Oz classic, Over the rainbow.
Broad Oak’s performance stood out in the live public vote in July, which saw them receiving an incredible 1,039 votes and qualify as one of ten finalists for the final judging by a panel of musical experts and celebrities including professional classical singers Laura Wright and David Webb.
Year 5M Teacher, Sean Moore, who appeared alongside the pupils in their music video, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the WellChild national singing competition.
“Our children work incredibly hard, have shown off their amazing talents and now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to sing their hearts out at such a prestigious event. We can’t wait!”
WellChild Chief Executive Colin Dyer said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for schools across the UK to get involved in a fun musical competition with a great prize. At the same time they are helping WellChild to continue its work supporting a growing population of seriously ill children and young people across the UK to be cared for at home with their families instead of hospital. A huge congratulations to Broad Oak Community School!”
If you would like to take part in next year’s Over the rainbow competition, please visit www.wellchild.org.uk/over-the-rainbow to register your interest.