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Hampshire school children in ‘gigantic’ sing

hampshire school children in gigantic sing

Over 3,500 children, from 55 Hampshire schools, recently lent their voices to turn up the volume for ‘The Giant Sing’.

Organised by Hampshire County Council’s Music Service ‘The Giant Sing’ comprised four performances, over two days, of the musical adaption of Oscar Wilde’s short story ‘The Selfish Giant’, composed by Jan Stroud

Councillor Peter Edgar, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, said: “We are very proud of our music service and ‘The Giant Sing’ is another great example of the opportunities that the service opens up to children and young people of all ages to get involved in music.

The young people who took part are following in the footsteps of those that have previously performed the musical to high acclaim, from thousands of children all over the world, in large theatres, small village halls, and even at The Royal Opera House.  Music plays an important role in a well-rounded education and it is a wonderful way to bring people together.”
Choirs of children, age 7 – 14 years – from schools in Basingstoke, East Hampshire, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hart, New Forest, Rushmoor, Test Valley and Winchester – sang the songs they had been rehearsing since the autumn term, backed by a live band.  The magical story was further brought to life with a drama and dance performance by students from Kings’ School in Winchester, and narration by BBC Radio Solent presenter, Nick Girdler. 

Hampshire’s ‘Giant Sing’ was held at The Anvil in Basingstoke and was one of many staged across the world to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the musical.

The Big Sing tells the story of a Giant who returns from a long holiday with his friend, the Cornish ogre, and was furious to find children playing in his garden. He selfishly decides to build a high wall to keep them out. Spring never returns and it is always winter in the garden, until one day when the children find a hole in the wall and as they play again the trees begin to blossom. Only one tree remains in its winter form and the giant see a tiny boy who isn’t tall enough to reach the branches. The Giant lifts him up into the tree and spring comes again.

The schools that took part in one of the four performances, held on 1 and 2 March, were as follows.

Tuesday 1 March

Kings’ School, in Winchester provided the dance and drama performances.

Lead choirs:  Kings’ School and Westgate School, Winchester.

Supporting choirs:

Basingstoke
Bishopswood Junior School
​Burham Copse Primary School
​Chalk Ridge Primary School
Kingsclere Church Of England Primary School
Kings Furlong Junior School
​Merton Junior School
​Winklebury Junior School

East Hampshire
Binstead Primary School
​Froxfield Church of England Primary School

Eastleigh
Hambledon Primary School
​Netley Abbey Junior School

Gosport
Leesland Church of England (controlled) Junior School

Hart
Charles Kingsley’s Church Of England Primary School
Elvetham Heath Primary School

New Forest
Burley Primary School
​Waterside Primary School

Rushmoor
St Michael’s Church Of England (Controlled) Junior School
Talavera Junior School

Test Valley
Andover Primary School
​Appleshaw St Peter’s Church of England Primary School

Winchester
Harestock Primary School

Wednesday 2 March
Kings’ School, in Winchester provided the dance and drama performances.

Lead choirs: Bay House School (Gosport), Horndean Technology College (East Hampshire), Hurst Community College (Basingstoke) and Westgate School (Winchester).

Supporting choirs:

Basingstoke
Burghclere Primary School
​Chalk Ridge Primary School
​Great Binfields Primary School
​South View Junior School
​St John’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

East Hampshire
Andrews Endowed Church of England Primary School
​Bentley Church of England Primary School
​Ropley Primary School
​Wesford Junior School

Eastleigh
Cherbourg Primary School
​Colden Common Primary School
​Knightwood Primary School
​Shakespeare Junior School
​Stoke Park Junior School

Fareham
Orchard Lea Junior School
​Titchfield Primary School
​Wicor Primary School

Gosport
Gomer Primary School 

Havant
Bidbury Junior School
​Mengham Junior School
​Springwood Junior School

Hart
Church Crookham Junior School
​Heatherside Junior School
​Long Sutton Church of England Primary School
​Potley Hill Primary School

New Forest
Calmore Junior School
​New Milton Junior School
​Western Downland Church of England Aided Primary School

Rushmoor
Park Primary School
​Tavistock Infants School
​Wellington Community Primary School

Test Valley
Longparish Church of England Primary School
​St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
​St Francis Church of England Primary School

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