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Manor Park school choir sings for the Queen and Prince of Wales

PUBLISHED: 06:00 21 March 2012

St Winefride's School Choir from Manor Park in Marlborough House, Westminster.

St Winefride's School Choir from Manor Park in Marlborough House, Westminster.

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Talented youngsters from a Manor Park school choir sang for a Royal audience twice in one week as part of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir.

St Winefride’s Primary School, in Church Road, were invited to sing with the Commonwealth Orchestra and Choir as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

, 21 pupils travelled to Marlborough House in Westminster to perform for the Queen and Prince Philip who listened to the children sing alongside members of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The following day, hard-working pupils then received a surprise visit from the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall while rehearsing in Lancaster House where Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech was filmed.

The impromptu visit from Charles and Camilla Windsor delighted the schoolchildren who spoke to the Royals on an individual basis for half an hour.

One of the children, Kwasi Opoku, 10, said: “It was relaxed, just like meeting old friends that you haven’t seen in a long time.”

Headteacher Paul Underwood said the performances gave the pupils a tremendous boost, describing them as “over the moon” and “completely full of it.”

The Royal visits were arranged to coincide with the release of the Commonweath Orchestra and Choir’s Diamond Jubilee CD which was presented to the Prince of Wales at Lancaster House by orchestral artistic director Paul Carroll.

St Winefride’s was approached last year by Paul, 56, who wanted a Newham school to sing with the orchestra as Paul went to school in Newham himself.

The choir performed the Commonwealth Anthem for the Royals, an original school written by Mr Carroll, and two movements of Handel’s Water Music.

The St Winefride’s School Choir travelled all the way to Abbey Road Studios, made famous by the Beatles, in October to record their vocal track on the Commonwealth Anthem.


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