SCHOOLCHILDREN proved they were perfectly in tune when they came together to achieve a new world record.
Youngsters from East Dene Primary School and Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy hit the right notes at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre last Thursday — achieving the record for the most people in a singing relay singing multiple songs.
The idea was the brainchild of Sheffield online educational publisher Twinkl, who brought together 11 schools as well as city businesses and charities.
In total, 384 people sang four different songs at the same tempo to set the new world record — a feat which has never been attempted or achieved before.
They performed classics from Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music, The Lion King and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
East Dene teacher Rebecca Hunt, who accompanied the eight pupils from Year 5 and 6, said: “It was such a fantastic event and we felt so lucky to be a part of it.
“Some of the children we brought with us hadn’t been to Sheffield before and most of them had never stepped foot inside a theatre, so it was such a memorable day for us all.
“Two of them burst into tears when they announced we’d got the record and I overheard one of them saying it was the best day of their life.
“My colleague Paula Price and I enjoyed it just as much as, if not more than, the children.
“There’s been a buzz around school since we got back.”
Twenty-five children from Tinsley Meadows, aged nine to 11, were also part of the effort.
To be successful, the record attempt needed each word of at least three songs to be performed by a different person in time with the original music.
Twinkl’s unique effort raised more than £850 for BBC Children in Need, which it is the official education partner of this year.
And the children’s record-breaking effort was watched by a special mascot — Pudsey the bear.
Jonathan Seaton, CEO and co-founder of Twinkl, said: “We were overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm of the local schools and groups that joined us, who all practiced hard and showed huge dedication.
“It sounds simple, but singing in a relay is much more challenging than you first think — and we were so proud of everyone that took part.”
The event was coordinated by Caroline Hallam from Sheffield Music Hub, with live musical accompaniment from composer Robert Sanders of Rocksteady Music School.
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