MORE than 200 young singers will be raising the roof of Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, tomorrow, backed by a professional band of West End musicians and professional singers.

Children from six schools across Poole and Bournemouth have been working with Armonico Consort’s AC Academy, a music education programme, to create school choirs and train teachers as choir leaders.

Since October, hundreds of staff and pupils have been learning songs from the British Isles and around the world for tomorrow’s singing extravaganza.

Lighthouse CEO, Elspeth McBain said: “For the young people involved, many have had a joy of singing reaffirmed or awakened for the first time.”

The project is a partnership between AC Academy, SoundStorm (lead partner in the Bournemouth and Poole Music Education) and Lighthouse, their second major collaboration together.

Following the Poole concert, many of the schools will go on to perform at Royal Albert Hall in March as part of AC Academy’s national gala.

For SoundStorm, the concert is the first in the series of major concerts it is helping organise in 2018, which will see further appearances by Bournemouth and Poole students at Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham’s NEC later in the year.

AC Academy is the education programme of critically acclaimed UK choir and music charity Armonico Consort. The programme reaches 15,000 young people a year offering “life-changing experiences and first-class performance opportunities through fun and engaging singing projects”.