Musical Celebration of Sport

The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth had a stage full of probably the healthiest looking young singers ever seen in the theatre's long history.

On Friday 24 June, in front of proud parents, the public and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth primary-aged children from schools across the City were there to perform 'Singathlon', a concert celebrating healthy living, keeping fit, and working hard to achieve goals.

There was every possible costume on display, from footballers, to dancers to tennis players, and even the teachers got in on the act performing a song about weightlifting which included, to the delight of the children, a teacher 'struggling' under the weight of a set of plastic dumbbells.

The concert, produced by Portsmouth Music Hub, saw more than 200 hundred children perform a range of songs written by the Music Hub's team of composers, which included 'Triple Jump', 'Live a More Active Life', and a firm favourite with the audience 'Losers Like Me'; which made the point that without losers there are no winners.

Sue Beckett, CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub, said after the show: "In this Olympic Year it was the perfect time for a celebration of sport and keeping fit. The children gave some fantastic performances, and the Schools worked really hard to make the event such a success. Concerts like these are full of talent and enthusiasm and they are completely unforgettable, not only for the audience, but for the hundreds of children who took to the stage."