Pupils from a village school near Warminster rubbed shoulders with celebrities at Lord Bath’s Longleat estate yesterday to record a fundraising version of the Frog Chorus for Children in Need.
Lee Mead, who won the role of Joseph in the West End musical after competing in the BBC’s Any Dream Will Do talent show, classical singer Hayley Westenra, and Irish soloist Red Hurley, sang alongside 72 youngsters from Horningsham Primary School and Terry Wogan’s Old Geezers and Gals (TOGS) choir, to record the CD, which is expected to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
Carole Andrews, headteacher at Horningsham, said she was delighted for the pupils, all aged from four to 11 years old, and particularly thankful to Beeline, who transported them to and from the event free of charge.
“It is wonderful to be part of this community event and to accompany such amazing voices,” she said.
“We have been practicing the song and getting very excited about it this week.
“I do feel that we are privileged to be involved in this event and it sums up our relationship with Longleat.”
Hayley Westenra told the Wiltshire Times: “It’s really cool to be a part of this Children In Need album. It’s a fantastic cause.
“When I was invited to take part in this big gathering of people, I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for, but it has been a great day.
“It’s awesome here. Singing with all of these people and with the school children too, it is just the most amazing atmosphere.”
The CD, Bandaged TOGether, follows on from ‘Bandaged’, which was released in 2008 and raised £250,000 for Children In Need. The CD will be released in late October or early Novem,ber.
As well as recording the Frog Chorus, Lee Mead sang a track from his album, Nothing Else Matters.
He said: “It has been a really fun day and I am glad it hasn’t rained, there is nothing worse then singing in the rain - there’s a song there somewhere.
“It’s great just to be involved in the whole thing and the crowds are great. The choir were really on form.
“It’s a lovely house here. The walk to my dressing room (in the house) is probably one of the weirdest walks to my dressing room I have ever done.”
Organiser Norman Macintosh said: “It has gone very well. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and get in to the spirit of what it is all about.
“We have encouraged lots of children to take part and to impress on them that they are helping children less fortunate than themselves through singing. That is the message we are trying to drive through.”
The orchestra on the day was provided by Kingswood School in Bath.