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School children in Maidstone, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks to take part in Children in Need live performance

Several schools across the county will feature in a nationwide live performance for Children in Need tonight.

Keen singers from seven schools, including Amherst School, Sevenoaks, Maidstone based Boughton Monchelsea Primary School and Valley Invicta Primary School at East Borough, and Woodlands Primary School in Tonbridge, will join children across the country in a rendition of True Colours by Cyndi Lauper.

Children in Kent will take part in a nation wide live performance for Children in Need (20951544)
Children in Kent will take part in a nation wide live performance for Children in Need (20951544)

This year's Kent choir performance will be held at Allington Castle, off Castle Road, Maidstone, with 184 children being led by Karen Hill.

The choir lead said: “Conducting the choir is such a privilege and it's amazing to see what can be created with a group of committed young people. I love to create light and shade in a piece of music, and I’m looking forward to making some magic live on the BBC Children in Need Appeal show.”

Year five and six pupils at Boughton Monchelsea Primary, on Church Hill, have been busy practising every Wednesday lunchtime since September.

The pupils took part in the Great Boughton Bake Off on Friday last week, with all entries being sold to raise money for the charity.

Other Kent schools involved in the performance include Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, Dartford, Luddenham School, Faversham and Walderslade Primary School, Chatham.

The song has been specially arranged by musical director, David Arnold, with vocal arrangements by Claire Moore and a pre-recorded backing music from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

The choir segment is highlight of the show and will feature more than 1,300 children from across the UK including Wirral, Hartlepool, Leicestershire, Belfast, Cardiff, London and Glasgow.

Last year the choir sang A Million Dreams, from the musical The Greatest Showman.

BBC Children in Need support more than 3,000 local charities and projects in communities across the UK, helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.

This year, it gave Stopgap Dance Company in Tunbridge Wells a £29,000 grant to host dance classes to children and young people with disabilities, including autism, Down’s syndrome and cerebral palsy.

The grant provides an opportunity for children and young people to engage with their peers, improve their teamwork skills and be more physically active.

Children in Need fund 46 other projects across Kent, totalling more than £3 million.

The pupils will appear on television three times tonight.

The live performance starts at 8.15pm.

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