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Singing the praises of St Anne’s Choir

— London invite from rock band The Vaccines was just the tonic for primary school singers

Members of St Anne’s Primary School Choir have been recognised as the stars they are thanks to indie rock band The Vaccines.

The Vaccines were so impressed by the talent of the Parkhead, Glasgow, school choir (above) that they invited pupils to London as their special guests at a recent concert.

Freddie Cowan, guitarist for London-based The Vaccines, spotted St Anne’s choir performing their own song, Fix This—which pupils wrote last year as part of an anti-sectarian project—on the internet video sharing site YouTube, and contacted the school to invite pupils to attend the band’s concert at the city’s O2 Arena on Thursday May 2.

“It was an unbelievable experience for the children,” Louise Hamilton, St Anne’s headteacher, who accompanied pupils on their two-day trip to London, said.

“When I found out the news that we were being invited to London by The Vaccines, I was crying with joy, I couldn’t believe it,” Cayce Reed, a choir member from P5 at St Anne’s told the SCO.

The pupils also had the chance to visit Columbia Records’ London studios, where Fix This was played over the office speaker system and they were thrilled to meet celebrity Eddie Jordan and hold some Brit Award trophies, including one that had been won by the band One Direction.

In addition to meeting The Vaccines, attending the concert and getting a taste of life backstage at a world-renowned concert venue, St Anne’s pupils were also invited to the House of Lords, as guests of Baroness Margaret McDonagh, where they got to perform Fix This in front of a group of members.

Around this time last year, choir was offered funding by Creative Scotland to work on a music project to help tackle sectarianism in society. Pupils also received support from the Celtic Music Foundation, which led to them writing and recording their song, Fix This, with the assistance of Glasgow-based songwriter Jonathan Carr.

The London experience has been a fascinating one for St Anne’s pupils, who are now keen to take their musical journey even further. Despite this busy schedule, and not forgetting their schoolwork, of course, the members of St Anne’s choir are also working towards the release of their second song.

For the moment, however, only one band’s name is the talk of the dinner queue at St Anne’s: The Vaccines.



_Pic: Paul McSherry


— This story ran in full in the May 17 print edition of the SCO




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