Pupils to perform with RnB legends

Skegness Junior School pupils and Michael Williams from the Drifters during his visit to the school. Photo by John Crossland.
Skegness Junior School pupils and Michael Williams from the Drifters during his visit to the school. Photo by John Crossland.
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YOUNGSTERS at Skegness Junior School will get the chance to belt out a tune with RnB legends The Drifters later this year.

The Drifters are offering 30 primaries around the country the chance for their choirs to perform with them live on stage during their new 70-date UK tour.

And when they stop off in Skegness on May 26 it’ll be the pupils of the Junior School who will have the honour of joining them on stage.

Michael Williams from The Drifters visited the school last week to meet the children.

He said: “We are very much looking forward to working with the school children.

“We have worked closely with schools in the past as part of our production company’s musical education programme that we are very proud to be part of.

“We are currently visiting the schools and meeting with the school children across the country to rehearse the song and we have been completely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and excitement of the children - it is a very special project to be involved with.”

Around 20 children from the school’s choir will perform ‘Stand By Me’ during the gig in May, and will then also join the group on stage for the finale with Saturday Night at the Movies.

The children from the school will also be performing Rockin Robin in the production company’s other world class show ‘Unforgettable - The Hits of the 50s and 60s’, which is set to appear at the Embassy on March 10.

The Drifters’ production company is PMG. Its managing director, Kathy Mashadi, said: “In a time where reality television, particularly programmes such as X Factor, often give children a false impression of life in performance, this programme aims to give children a more accurate overview of what happens in the music industry.

“This ranges from what is involved in preparing for a performance through to the actual show itself, giving them a real opportunity to perform as part of a world class production.

“It is an experience they will never forget,” she added.