Normanby Primary School kids follow in The Beatles’ footsteps by recording at Abbey Road
The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Adele, Take That….Normanby Primary School.
London’s Abbey Road Studios have welcomed another top music act.
As reported, 46 members of Normanby Primary’s Glee Club – the revamped school choir – have been on a whistlestop musical tour of Britain, performing in Lincoln Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey.
And to round off an amazing four days, they got to record seven tracks in Studio Three at Abbey Road – the studio where Pink Floyd recorded their seminal album, The Dark Side of the Moon, in 1973.
The children all got to cross the famous zebra crossing outside the studio, immortalised on the cover of The Beatles’ 1969 album, Abbey Road. And in the souvenir to end all souvenirs, the mastertape is on its way to Normanby so that CD copies can be made and each child can have his or her zebra crossing photo on the cover.
The school’s music leader Sonia Herlingshaw, who organised the trip with music teachers Chris Nixon and Kath Pentney, said: “We didn’t just want to go on a normal tour – we aren’t like that here, we like to do things to the max!
“The parents kept coming up, saying ‘we can’t believe our children are getting this type of opportunity’. And because we did real-time updates on Twitter and Facebook, it meant they could keep up with what we were were doing. We even told them to all log on at 8.30am on Saturday to see us on the Abbey Road zebra crossing.”
By publicising their performances in advance with flyers and posters, it meant the children always had an audience wherever they sang. But for Sonia – who made the X Factor boot camp stage in 2008 with girl group Pure Elements – two moments stood out: when the youngsters were joined by Topline Youth Choir members in Westminster Abbey to produce a stunning sound and, of course, the once-in-a-lifetime trip Abbey Road session.
She said: “The recording studio experience, where the children wore headphones and had to sing each song several times, showed them how difficult it is to be a pop star! And they were really impressed by all the names who have recorded there, even if they hadn’t heard of Pink Floyd.
Headteacher Carl Faulkner, who “couldn’t resist” dropping in on the Abbey Road sessions, said: “I’m so proud of the children, the level to which they have taken their performance and their commitment to getting ready for the tour. It has been an inspiration and a joy to see. And it’s no exaggeration to say I had hairs standing up on the back of my neck, seeing and hearing our children in such a famous studio.”
But how can the school possibly top their London trip? Sonia laughed: “Some of the kids are asking ‘can we go to Ibiza, Miss?’ I’m not sure about that, but we’ll try and think of something.”