Pupils from schools across London kick off Four Nations rugby match with song

More than 400 pupils from schools across London and the southeast sang the national anthem to kick off a Four Nations England vs Australia rugby league match.

The Remembrance Day fixture took place at London’s Olympic Park.

The pupils aged between 9 and 18 came from 11 schools belonging to academy trust United Learning, and included Ashford and Wye schools in Kent; Dunottar school in Surrey; Walthamstow academy, north London, and Wilberforce primary in west London.

Pupils rehearsed at their schools where they held workshops with professional opera singers. They also learned a Britpop medley, as well as techniques to help to build their confidence in performing in front of a large audience.

Emma Skae, principal of Walthamstow academy, said: “I was thrilled to watch our students perform. It was a wonderful opportunity for them, and they sang brilliantly. It was a great start to the match.”

Eleven-year-old Annabel from Dunottar school added: “The best moment for me was when we were singing on the pitch because it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

And for those who don’t know the result, Australia won and then went on to win the competition, beating New Zealand in the final.


Featured picture: Pupils sing the national anthem at London’s Olympic Park

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