Listen to these West Sussex pupils sing Over the Rainbow virtually

Pupils at a West Sussex school have come together to sing Over the Rainbow virtually as part of the #chasetherainbow campaign.

Sunday, 12th April 2020, 1:38 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 11:02 am
Pupils at Sompting Abbotts

Using smartphones to record themselves in their homes, Sompting Abbotts students followed the cello and piano instrumentals filmed in her sitting by their Head of Music Annette Williamson for their voice cues.

The song was chosen in recognition of the #chasetherainbow campaign, which has seen millions of UK children post their rainbow paintings in their front windows as a sign of solidarity and hope.

The video also featured colourful rainbow artwork from school pupils aged 2 to 13 who contributed dozens of rainbow paintings.

In a letter to parents, headmaster Mr Stuart Douch said: "I am writing to you to thank you sincerely for allowing your talented children to showcase their skills in this lovely video. We greatly appreciate their hard work in making this possible.

"Hearing your children sing beautifully and seeing them alongside pictures of our school was a very lovely experience; I felt very emotional. I thought they did a splendid job with their superb singing and please thank them very much from me.

"It is hard for all of us, parents, pupils and staff, working through this strange time of isolation. Something I felt the film conveyed very well was the idea that this - our lovely school community - is what we have to look forward to returning to, as soon as things move closer to normality."

You can listen to the song on the school's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/somptingabbotts/videos/534001997511755/A message from the Editor, Gary Shipton:

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