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Audenshaw pupils join the ‘City United’ choir as Manchester remembers the 22
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 @ 16:11 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw Greater Manchester News Tameside

A community choir of Audenshaw school pupils sang for Manchester in front the world yesterday as part of the ‘Manchester Together with One Voice’ event.

The group of St. Anne’s RC Primary School students represent the Manchester City in the Community Choir, led by their music teacher, Denise Derbyshire.

Kiana, Reece, Fawne, Tom and Ellissa at the Manchester Together event

During the season, the choir welcomes delegates from all over Europe to Champions League matches at the Etihad Stadium, singing to the visitors in their native language as they arrive. This season, the choir has greeted guests in Dutch, Italian and German.

At last night’s mass sing-a-long event to mark one year since the Manchester Arena terror attack, they joined forces with the Manchester United Foundation Youth Choir for an emotive performance of the Labi Siffre single, ‘(Something Inside) So Strong’.

The choirs came together for two weeks of rehearsals at Old Trafford before the big day. Their rehearsal at Manchester Town Hall was broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester.

‘The City United Choir’ was the second to perform in Albert Square last night. Before their performance, 800m runner and Commonwealth Gold Medallist, Diane Modahl, spoke to nine-year-old Molly Green, a year 5 pupil at St. Anne’s.

Confidently addressing the huge crowd in Albert Square and the thousands watching or listening at home, Molly said: “St Anne’s Audenshaw have been singing at City for quite a while; we welcome different delegates from Europe. This is very important for everyone today. It’s a good thing to do for all those people that can’t be here with us.”

With that, the City United Choir superbly performed their chosen song as the crowd clapped along and gave them a rousing ovation.

Later, as the pupils left the town hall, they were given an impromptu guard of honour and serenaded by the waiting crowd.

St Anne’s head teacher Mrs Eileen Gaffney said: “We are so proud of our choir and they gave a fantastic performance on the night. Some of them got emotional as the memories of one year ago came back but we reminded each other that, like the song says, inside we are strong. They really helped each other.”

Today, the fantastic City in the Community choir performed ‘(Something Inside) So Strong’ again for the Tameside Reporter, which you can see below.