Photo gallery: Free School Norwich pupils sing Adele and Gary Barlow songs for their first recorded album

Children at the free school in Norwich recording an album of songs. Photo: Bill Smith

Children at the free school in Norwich recording an album of songs. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2013

Young dreams of music stardom have been fuelled at Free School Norwich - after the school's pupils recorded their first album.

It was not the sound of traditional assembly hymns filling the hall of the city centre school though but the dramatic sounds of an orchestra with a licence to thrill.

Instead it was Adele's Oscar-winning theme song for the latest James Bond film, Skyfall, which was getting the Free School Norwich treatment.

The album will be entitled Free as a Bird and will be sold to parents at cost price as a lasting memento of their child's time at the Surrey Street primary school.

Principal Tania Sidney-Roberts explained: 'We do two big musical productions every year with the whole school involved and about 12 songs, so music is very much part of their lives.

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'At the moment we have 138 pupils and just over 100 of them are playing a musical instrument. It's more than teaching them about music, it develops confidence, team work, patience, self realisation and evaluation.'

Music school The Wharf Academy have been teaching the pupils and its director, Samantha Parravani-Coe, was leading the recording session yesterday.

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The eight-track album will also feature songs such as Gary Barlow's Sing, written for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and Diana Ross hit Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

Mrs Parravani-Coe said: 'Some of them have already asked me to help them get on to Britain's Got Talent, I've had to explain that I can't really do that!

'But now they know to be a performer you have got to work very hard and it's been really good. I've never heard of a school doing this before and the children have loved it.

'It's amazing how well they've sung considering how young they are.'

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