Ark Kings hits a high note with 'Sing into Spring'

ARK Kings Academy students and staff singing together at the Sing Into Spring concert in London

Last Friday (6th February), our students travelled to London alongside pupils from ARK Rose Primary to perform with students from other ARK schools at the Sing into Spring concert.

Sing into Spring is an annual celebration of singing organised by the ARK Schools network. Pupils from both primary and secondary schools come together to perform a selection of inspiring songs in a prestigious setting. This year, our students performed at Stratford Town Hall, a prestigious performance space with high ceilings, chandeliers and classical decorations.

Sing into Spring saw students from 18 primary and secondary schools in the network take part in the event at Stratford Old Town Hall, Theatre Royal Stratford, and Stratford Circus.

Performing contemporary pieces like Laura Mvula’s ‘Sing to the moon’ alongside traditional English and African folk songs, the students later met in the Town Hall to take part in a musical closing ceremony.

The students also had the opportunity to apply their own creative flair, with a session on songwriting led by talented musicians making up part of the day.

The students were supported by four local artists – Hazel Askew of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated-folk trio Lady Maisery, successful backing vocalist Amina Gichinga, singer-songwriters Randolph Matthews and Rosie Adediran – as well as music tutoring programme iGospel.

Students gained a lot from the experience of performing at the concert. Logan, a Year 7 student, said:

“My favourite part was probably singing the am the Nigerian song. It was really good and quite different from the other pieces. I used to struggle with confidence but I would say to other people just try and you’ll be okay.”

Year 11 student Ayinke gained more from Sing Into Spring than she initially had expected to:

“I joined the choir just this year to get involved in more activities and get some more things on my CV.

“I found the day really useful and entertaining. I was shy at first at talking to students from other schools but now I can talk to them and have a laugh.”

Reflecting on the value of the concert performance, ARK Kings’ Head of Music, Mr Bull, said:

“Sing into Spring was a fantastic experience for our students. It has been wonderful to see them grow in confidence through the project and all their hard work in rehearsals pay off on the day of the performance. At ARK Kings we invest in music through initiatives such as Sing into Spring and Band Musicianship because we know it is both enjoyable and also helps students develop as confident, resilient individuals.”