On 16th and 17th June over 200 primary school children will perform Stardust in Bath Abbey, taking the audience on a journey through space. The children will also be performing the world premiere of the song ‘We are every child’ composed in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum jubilee. The performances will be accompanied by the Bristol Ensemble, narrated by Bath pantomime’s Jon Monie and directed by Francis Faux.
Stardust, written by Jools Scott and Sue Curtis as a response to the pandemic, shows how children can build on adversity and come out stronger. The children join six characters as they travel through the solar system overcoming challenges on each planet they visit.
To prepare for the performance, Voices for Life has been visiting schools across Bath holding weekly workshops for the children. Tessa Armstrong the charity’s founder says: ‘During each workshop we engage the children in the story of Stardust, building their confidence at each step whilst at the same time enabling them to find their voice through singing as a choir. The performances will be an unforgettable experience for the children. I will certainly never forget all the smiles and dancing at the end of the 2021 performances!’
The Stardust project has been supported by six Bath primary schools. The children have even chosen a space themed name for their choirs!
Combe Down Stars, Combe Down Primary School
Roundhill Voices, Roundhill Primary School
Martin’s Marvellous Singers, St Martin’s Garden Primary School
Shining Solar Singers, St Michael’s Junior School
Starry St Stephen’s, St Stephen’s Primary School
Winsley Space Crabs, Winsley Primary School
Singing with the schools will be a choir made up of children who sang in the 2021 performance of Stardust giving children who took part previously an opportunity to return to the stage representing six more primary schools!
The performance will be welcoming the attendance of our patron the Mayor of Bath, the Lord Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenant, and the High Sheriff of Somerset.
Tickets for Stardust are available from Both Box Office.
About Voices for Life
Voices for Life is going from strength to strength helping to inspire primary school children to be happy and confident through the provision of specialised singing, confidence and wellbeing projects. Since being founded in 2021 the charity has commissioned four new choral works, designed three new singing and wellbeing programmes, formed 19 children’s choirs, delivered 200 workshops, worked with over 500 children and welcomed the Mayor of Bath as patron. www.voicesforlife.org.uk
About We are Every Child
To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the concert will also include the premiere of We Are Every Child, a new Voices for Life commission written by Francis Faux and Jamila Gavin. The song shares a message of hope for all children, no matter who they are or where they live, showing how they can build on challenges and come out stronger through the power of singing as they develop hopes and dreams for their future.
Voices for life would like to thank you to all our generous supporters and staff at our participating schools for their support in making this project happen.
“The musical arrangement was excellent – first class. We were delighted to be able to support this event. To see the children take part in such a wonderful concert in such a great venue must have been a real treat for all. Well done on a great job!” The Roper Family Trust, 2021, kind sponsors of the Stardust composition
“The children have loved it! It has been wonderful to watch them develop over the sessions and the joy in performing at the Abbey and pushing themselves through the nerves!
The parents have been so proud of the children, and this was reflected in how many came along to watch. Thank you to Voices for Life for the vision and creativity to make this happen.” Jayne Rochford -Smith, Headteacher, St Andrew’s Church School, Bath
“The sessions let us take our minds off things and let us know what we are capable of. The lyrics and words were meaningful and one of the best things was performing in Bath Abbey.” Participating child, Stardust 2021