SINGING sensations from Holme Valley will be hoping to wow judges at a national music competition.
More than 200 pupils from Holmfirth High School and five feeder schools will take to a Birmingham stage tomorrow as part of this year’s National Festival of Music for Youth.
In front of them is the chance to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.
Yesterday, they ran through final rehearsals at Holmfirth.
Holmfirth High School Music Director James Morgan said: “Winning is getting to perform at Birmingham and the cream is being chosen to perform at the Albert Hall.
“The rehearsals have been going very well. At the High School they have been practising in lunch times and the Junior and Infants in lessons.
“They are all very excited about going to Birmingham to perform.
“It has really brought the pyramid of schools closer together. To have such a wide age range and vocal ability should set them apart from other schools.
“We have something that ticks all the boxes.”
The ensemble will comprise the choir, 32 guitarists, four harpists, brass, woodwind, strings and percussion.
Their 10 minute session will see the group perform Dream Song of Thunders written by composer Barry Russell.
Mr Morgan added: “It is a very uplifting piece and tells the story of a storm clearing and ending in a rainbow.
“The older children will be in dark clothes and the younger ones will have rainbow T-shirts.”
The Holmfirth High School Orchestra and Voices will be hoping to build on more than 30 years of entering the competition.
Their best year came in 2009 when the group won the competition and the coveted chance to perform at The Albert Hall.
The pupils, aged five to 16, have been rehearsing and raising money for their transport for what has become known as the ‘Rainbow Project’.
They have washed cars, baked cakes, busked and played concerts while Hade Edge Band and Longley Farm have supported the project.
But the pupils will have to wait until the end of August before they hear if they have made the grade and secured a slot at the Albert Hall..
The six-day festival, now in its 41st year, will see thousands of children celebrate with inspirational performances of jazz, orchestral, folk, rock, world, urban, wind, brass, pop, choral and chamber music.