Students from St Mary’s school and 6th form college were invited to be the signing choir at a Christmas carol concert held in London by national children’s charity Afasic.
The charity assists children and young adults with communication impairments.
The concert took place at St Andrews Church Holborn. There were readings by Sir Derek Jacobi and President of Afasic, John Berkow MP, as well as solos from West End star Robert Meadmore.
Wendy Maylam, from St Mary’s, said: “Seven of our students, signing teacher Mrs Gildersleeve and teaching assistant Mrs Owen were centre stage as they signed along to the choir and audience for five traditional Christmas carols: Once in Royal David’s City, O Come all ye Faithful, The First Noel, O Little Town of Bethlehem and Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.
“As special guests of Afasic we received several rounds of applause and at the end John Berkow MP and Robert Meadmore came to meet us.
“They both shook hands, chatted and had photos with staff and students. Robert Meadmore was enthralled with the signing choir and spent quite some time with us. He said what wonderful young people they were, that they were mesmerising and he was in awe of them.
He was in turn complimented by one of the students who said he was ‘quite a good singer’.
“Chief Executive of Afasic, Linda Lascelle, came and thanked students for attending and said how much she appreciates St Mary’s choir being part of their event.
“She complimented them of their signing and said how well they had done. She chatted with students, several of whom asked to come again next time.
“Despite a very long day, the students performed brilliantly and were, as usual, a credit to St Mary’s.
Afasic - A Voice for Life - was founded in 1968 as a parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families. We provide information and training for parents – and professionals and produce a range of publications. Members meet in local groups in many areas of the UK.
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