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Featherstone choir star in Le Tour single

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Press - Rebecca Newman Big Band - Featherstone WMC, Featherstone, England - 010614 - Rebecca Newsome with the Featherstone Youth group and Mayor Jan Power.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.co.uk - Press - Rebecca Newman Big Band - Featherstone WMC, Featherstone, England - 010614 - Rebecca Newsome with the Featherstone Youth group and Mayor Jan Power.

Featherstone Youth Group choir will feature in a sporting anthem to celebrate this year’s Yorkshire Tour de France.

Youngsters taking part in the group’s The Big Band music project were invited to sing with soprano Rebecca Newman for a special charity re-release of her ‘Heroes to the World’ track.

They recorded their part of the song last Wednesday and were also filmed for a new documentary about the single.

‘Heroes to the World’ will welcome cyclists and tourists to the region this July and will feature thousands of voices from across Yorkshire in both the single and music video.

Helen Dawson, who runs the group, said “The single is a fantastic opportunity for all our young people to get involved in.

“It is wonderful that after running for just two months, the group has already been offered such an exciting chance to shine!

“Our young people, aged six to 15, all thoroughly enjoyed the filming of the single and have been working hard with our vocal coach Jo Speight to learn the song lyrics and rehearse over the last few weeks.

“I am thrilled for them and proud of what we have achieved so soon.”

Featherstone Youth Group was set up last October as part of Featherstone Youth and Community Partnership. It aims to provide multi-engagement activities for young people in Featherstone.

Helen added: “Our musical project engages with young people to give them what they want musically.

“We have young people getting involved in musical theatre, singing, dance and learning to play musical instruments and are hoping to do our first showcase towards the end of August.

“As requested by the kids, it will feature Disney songs and numbers from some of the most popular musicals as well as the ‘A Thousand Voices’ single.”

‘Heroes to the World’ will be released on June 29, the week before the Tour de France passes through the county on July 5 and 6. It will raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance with 10p from each sale going to the charity.

Featherstone Youth Group’s Big Band music project has been running since April, with funding and support from Wakefield Council’s Neighbourhood Improvement Fund, Featherstone Town Council, Roses Socialcare, Move Maker South Elmsall and JL Bouncy Castles.

 

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