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Senior choir sing with The Soldiers

Pupils at the Duke of Yorks Royal Military School were delighted to perform with greatly acclaimed group The Soldiers at their end of term inter-house singing competition this week.

The school choir first met with The Soldiers earlier this year to record a track Farewell Love for their new self-titled album, due to be released on 29 October. The groups producers discovered the School Choir by viewing its recording of the Military Wives hit Wherever you are on the Schools Youtube Channel.

Steven Beasley, Head of Music who also conducts the choir said Recording a piece with The Soldiers for the album was an amazing opportunity. Many of the pupils at our school have parents in the forces, and we feel very proud to be included on this album. We were very excited to welcome The Soldiers to perform with us at our school.

The Soldiers and the School Choir performed Loves Farewell and a version of Mike and the Mechanics Living in a box for excited pupils and their parents. Ryan Idzi then performed Home by Michael Buble.

Sergeant Major Gary Chilton has enjoyed working with the Choir, he said Working with the pupils at The Duke of Yorks has been truly inspiring. Many of the pupils are from military families, and the school and their friends here give them great support when their parents go on active service. Music is a passion for many of them, and we are delighted to have the school choir feature on this album which will raise funds for our chosen military charities.

The choir then went on to perform with The Soldiers on ITVs The Lorraine Show and were featured as news items on both South East Today and ITVs Meridian.

The three serving soldiers that make up The Soldiers are:
Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, The Band of the Army Air Corps
Colour Sergeant Richie Maddocks, Corps of Army Music
Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi, 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards.
Their supported charities are Royal British Legion, 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards Benevolent Fund, ABF The Soldiers Charity and Help for Heroes .

Published: November 15 2012

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