Pupils raise their voices in song for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy
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A group of schoolchildren have raised their voices to record a song of hope to raise money for the victims of Grenfell and their families.
About 250 pupils from the Sprowston Cluster of schools in Norwich have come together to sing 'Believe' by Lin Marsh, a song about hope and overcoming adversity.
Claire Munday, assistant headteacher at Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School - one of the schools involved - said: 'Upon watching the children at our Sing Up concert I didn't think I could feel more proud however I was wrong. We are so happy to be able to help raise funds for such a devastating cause.
'The children have been so empathetic and were determined to make this happen from the moment it was mentioned.'
The song is part of Sing Up's song bank, which is used by thousands of young people nationwide, and features the lyrics 'I can do anything at all, I can climb the highest mountain, I can feel the ocean calling wild and free. I can be anything at all, with this hope to drive me onwards, if I can just believe in me.'
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Graham Harris, whose daughter attends a school in the Sprowston Cluster, suggested the project, and the mass choir was recorded at Norwich's Wharf Academy.
The recording was filmed and edited by UEA film studies student Alex Ashberry, and the sound was recorded by Ashwood Music. Sammie Wingham, a singer and vocal strategist at Wharf Academy-based group Norfolk Voices, conducted the pupils.
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Mr Harris said he had seen the schools sing together at St Andrew's Hall at the end of term.
He said: 'It got me thinking if we could do something on the same scale or bigger to raise money for the residents of Grenfell Tower.
'I spoke to Alison Corfield, Head of Norfolk Music Service, regarding this and she got the ball rolling. We all know the tragic events that happened on that night in June, with people losing their homes and lives, so I thought we could arrange something musical and hopefully raise some money for the appeal.'
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