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Choir’s CD is set to help soldiers

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 23, 2013

By Les Jackson

The school choir

The school choir

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THE popular folk song ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’ has been recorded by a school choir to raise money for injured soldiers through the Help for Heroes charity St John’s Primary School in Wetley Rocks has released the song along with the hymn ‘The Servant King’ on a CD after being well received at a concert in the village.

Deputy headteacher Justin Clarke said: “Where Have All the Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger is a commentary on the folly of war and has always been a favourite of mine.

“At the start of this academic year I decided that it would be a good song for our school choir to sing as the melody is strong and, even though it appears simple, it has such possibilities for adventurous dynamics and needs accomplished breath control.

“The children took the piece to their hearts and appreciated how hard they had to work to make their final performance seem effortless.” Following hours of practice the choir performed at a concert for Wetley Rocks Women’s Institute.

Mr Clarke added: “I am very proud of the way the choir has become such an accomplished group of singers and at how they can communicate the lyrics of a song with such sincerity.

“They follow the guidance of a conductor with great maturity, and wring the full emotional content from the song and consequently fully engage the listener.

“After we had sung at the WI concert a number of people commented that the choir’s version should be recorded for posterity.

“Luckily one of the parents of a choir member has had recording experience and could offer help and guidance, and introduced us to Prism Recording Studio in Hanley.

Prism have been excellent and the children really enjoyed the experience of working in a recording studio and getting an insight into how a CD is recorded.

“It was far more complicated than we all imagined but great fun.

“The choir did us proud, were excellent ambassadors for our school and sang beautifully.

“The children, knowing that ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’ is a commentary on war, asked if all of the profits of the CD sales could go to Help for Heroes.” Headteacher Diana Higton said: “We always encourage our children to think of others and to find ways that we can help where possible.

“I was immensely proud when they suggested that the fruits of their hard work should go to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

“It struck me as poignant that the pure voices of young children raised in song should go to help such as worthy cause.” Copies of the CD, priced at £3.50 plus p&p, can be obtained from St John’s Primary School office on 01782 550309, or email at

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