HUNDREDS of young people from Worcestershire schools will take centre stage at a grand concert to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
More than 300 teenagers from schools around the county will dominate the 600-strong Centenary Chorus during the Armed Man - a Mass for Peace 2014 at London's Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, September 28 at 3pm.
Their involvement is found on the work of five years worth of projects from Sing UK, the not-for-profit organisation who provide singing opportunities, particularly for young people.
The landmark concert will also feature young singers from Germany, France and Belgium, the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Goldring and the programme will include the Armed Man by Karl Jenkins and Beethoven's Symphony No.5.
Anne Renshaw, Sing UK's operations director,
This amazing concert at the country's premier concert venue with one of the world's finest orchestras will be led very strongly by young singers of Worcestershire which is remarkable.
We are bringing together young people from the four principal countries involved in the First World War in a spirit of peace and reconciliation to perform together. It's going to be very special.
The event has the backing of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who said: "It is truly humbling to see hundreds of young people, whose great-grandparents would have been on opposing sides of the war, coming together for this extraordinary event, which whilst remembering the lives lost, will also celebrate the spirit of peace and reconciliation in the 21st century.”
The schools involved include Worcester's Christopher Whitehead Language College, Nunnery Wood High School and Tudor Grange Academy along with Malvern's Dyson Perrins CE Academy and the Chase School.
Bewdley School & Sixth Form Centre, Kidderminster's King Charles I School & Sixth Form Centre, South Bromsgrove High School, Evesham's Prince Henry's High School and Pershore High School are also involved.
Donations are welcomed to support the educational costs of the project via singuk.org/tam/donate.
For more information and tickets, go to royalalberthall.com/tickets or call the box office on 0845 401 5045.