More than 1,500 pupils from schools across Merton took over the Royal Albert Hall to perform a special music concert.

The event last night (May 8) was organised by the Merton Music Foundation, a local charity which works to ensure every child in the borough has an opportunity to sing or learn a musical instrument.

The concert featured world premieres of two special commissions, ‘The Peoples Guide to the Orchestra’ by Neil Brand and ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ by Pete Churchill and Adam Saunders with a script by Andy Alty.

The performance included items from our Music Centre instrumental groups, Perseid and Cricket Green special schools, local youth guest players and an outstanding massed choir of 1,200 singers from Merton primary and secondary schools.

Musical director Pete Churchill told the audience: “This is the most incredible music service that you ever seen in action – the Merton Music Foundation.

"If you want to do something good for Merton, write to Sadiq Khan and tell him this is best practice from top to bottom. They think about your children, and they give them music for life.”

Mayor of London Mr Khan provided the following tribute on the evening: "Great job Merton Music Foundation!"

Participating schools included Abbotsbury, Bishop Gilpin, Cricket Green, Harris Academy, Hillcross, Hollymount, Holy Trinity, Links, Malmesbury, Maria-Sklodowska-Curie Polish School, Merton Park, Pelham, Poplar, Singlegate, St Mary's RC, St Thomas of Canterbury RC, The Priory C of E, William Morris and Wimbledon Chase.

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Article submitted by Henry Faure Walker