Five thousand kids perform

Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield. (291056)
Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield. (291056)
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Thousands of schoolchildren will take over Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium in a musical extravaganza to celebrate the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Already more than 5,000 young people from 102 schools have signed up to take part in what is being billed as Kirklees’s biggest celebration of the year.

A 4,000-strong choir will take over the stands, accompanied by more than 1,000 musicians.

The Stadium Spectacular 2012, scheduled for June 29, will bring together three major annual music festivals – Kirklees Primary Music Festival, Kirklees Middle and Secondary Schools’ Showcase and Kirklees Music School Showcase.

The show, organised by Kirklees Music School, will mark the end of a week that sees the Olympic torch travel through Huddersfield, Batley and Dewsbury.

Principal Thom Meredith said it would be a spectacular event and an amazing experience for the young people of Kirklees.

He said: “With over 5,000 young people already pledged to be involved, this event will really rock the stadium!”

The show will start with an Olympic-style opening ceremony, with representatives from each school carrying banners and flags in a procession around the ground, accompanied by a marching band of more than 100 young players.

Songs will be signed for the deaf and images will be projected onto a big screen in the stadium.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale in March.