Poplar primary school aiming for a Christmas hit

Some of you will remember St Winifred’s School Choir on Top of the Pops with their song There’s No One Quite Like Grandma.

Now a Poplar primary could be following in their footsteps.

Pupils at St Saviour’s have spent time in a music studio singing their own song called Shalala, It’s Christmas.

Teacher John Ward, 43, wrote it to give the children something to perform during their Christmas shows.

About 30 Year Five and Six pupils stepped up to the mic over two recording sessions at Abbot Street Studios in Hackney.

Mr Ward said: “The whole thing has just been wonderful.

“The children have been thrilled to bits and the whole school is behind it. The big aim is to get it on the radio.”

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An accompanying video, available on YouTube, was shot showing the pupils singing, playing instruments and helping out behind the mixing desk.

One comment says it should be the Christmas No.1.

Mr Ward used audio software to mix backing tracks and add vocals and now wants to use the experience to teach pupils how to write their own songs. He said: “I want to show them how easy it can be.”

It could be available on iTunes and will be performed at the school’s Christmas show on December 12 and 13.

The video can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDdDKaiaRRM.