THREE girls from an inner city Sheffield school have a song in their hearts as they prepare to perform on stage next year at the Royal Albert Hall.
Robiann Brown, Aksa Shahid and Nada Agila, all pupils at Byron Wood Primary in Burngreave, have been chosen to join the top-rated National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
Their first assignment will be to join a choir training-camp in the spring, which will culminate in the Albert Hall concert.
The success of the three 11-year-olds is great news for Byron Wood, which has chosen to focus on performing arts as a way of uniting the school – especially through singing.
Teacher Becky Stroud said she’d been approached by choir organisers earlier this year.
“They complimented our school choir and encouraged me to put forward pupils who would like to audition,” she said.
“The auditions were held at Leeds Opera North – the girls had to sing unaccompanied and performed Coldplay’s Fix You and a version of Scarborough Fair.
“We knew they’d do well – they all sang for the Queen in Sheffield Cathedral a couple of years ago.”
The news is a big boost for the school, which has a 120-strong choir of pupils, aged seven to 11.
Becky said: “We are a multi-cultural inner city primary with the highest levels of deprivation, and English is not the first language for the large majority of children who come here.
“This recognition for Robiann, Aksa and Nada means a greal deal to all of us, and it’s a first for the school.
“But the hard work is not over yet. Our task now is raise £1,000 for each of the girls to fund the training camps in the spring and summer, as the families can’t afford to fund them themselves.
“We’ll be fundraising in school but if anyone wants to help to sponsor the girls then we’d love to hear from them.”