Merseyside children to celebrate world record hero with Echo Arena Liverpool concert

Sefton & Knowsley Youth (SKY) Music Hub is hosting a special event on 16 March 2018 to celebrate Sir Henry Segrave’s world land-speed record.

The racing driver and former fighter pilot captured the record on Southport’s Ainsdale beach in March 1926, reaching a speed of more than 152mph in his Sunbeam Tiger car.

Over 400 Merseyside schoolchildren from eight local schools will come together at the event to perform songs inspired by speed, movement and rhythm. Taking place at The Auditorium at Echo Arena LiverpoolA Musical Celebration will feature instrumental music, original songs and the premiere massed performance of Speed by Stuart Overington. In addition, dancers from the Merseyside Youth Association (MYA) will perform while artwork created by students from Presfield High School & Specialist College will be on show. Composer, arranger and musical director, Andy Smith, has also created a grand finale involving all 400 participants.

Sir Henry Segrave was the first person to hold a land-speed and water-speed record simultaneously
Sir Henry Segrave was the first person to hold a land-speed and water-speed record simultaneously

Inspired by the 90th anniversary of Sir Henry’s land-speed record, the SKY Music Hub vocal team has been working on the project with schools across the region since 2016.

Participating schools include:

  • Westvale Primary (Kirkby)
  • St Luke’s Catholic Primary School (Prescot)
  • St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School (Huyton)
  • St John’s CE Primary (Waterloo)
  • St Nicholas CE Primary (Blundellsands)
  • Our Lady of Compassion (Formby)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School (Southport)
  • Melling Primary School (Melling)
  • Green Park Primary School (Maghull)

Chris Lennie, Lead of SKY Music Hub, said:

‘We are all looking forward to this event, which will bring together the young people of Knowsley and Sefton to celebrate their musical achievements. It’s also a fantastic way to celebrate motor racing record breaker, Sir Henry Segrave. It has been great to work in collaboration with all our partners which has inspired so many children to pick up an instrument, sing, dance and create art. The talented group of young people have embraced the theme and absolutely love all the music – their energy will be infectious on the night! Everyone at SKY Music Hub, including our partners, are passionate about giving youngsters the chance to be creative and have the opportunity to perform on stage. We can’t wait to showcase the phenomenal talent in our local area.’

Becky Woods, Headteacher at St Nicholas CE Primary, said:

‘The vocal tuition provided by Sky Music Hub has been excellent and the children have thoroughly enjoyed all the rehearsals. Our school has a great tradition of high quality singing and we are always looking out for events which allow our children to perform as it is so good for their confidence and self-discipline. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to perform in a professional venue and we cannot thank the hub staff enough for all their hard work, skill and enthusiasm.’

Header photo: A Musical Celebration will bring together over 400 children and young people

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