Young Voices at Home

Thousands of young people from across the world took part in a virtual performance to thank their teachers.

Young Voices, organisers of the largest children’s choir concerts in the world, gave a virtual performance of ‘Power in Me’ as a thank you to their teachers.

More than  22,000 people across 37 countries took part in the Young Voices at Home #PowerInMe challenge, to pay tribute to the amazing teachers who have continued to educate and support their students during COVID-19.

The event, organised by Young Voices, was streamed worldwide via Facebook, and on 2 June, users tuned in to watch the performance.

Young Voices is the largest school choir in the world and holds annual events to encourage young people to take to the stage and perform. The virtual event was hosted by Gigi Morley, who brought all the same energy and excitement of a typical live show to the virtual one, with a jazzy, sequined dress and colourful pom poms. Andy Instone lead an animated physical warm-up, getting the kids to shake around from the tip of their toes to the tops of their heads, while composers Francisco Núñez and David Lawrence got the kids “vibed up” with some vocal exercises.

The YV’s team lead an energetic warm-up for the viewers at home.

With the warm-up completed and the children raring to go, the song began. More than 900 people tuned in to watch children from around the world sing Rebecca Lawrence’s “Power in Me”, an uplifting and empowering song choice. Pre-recorded clips of children singing, dancing and playing instruments were edited together to create a seamless performance, while composers David and Francisco guided the audience watching live at home.

The event brought children from 32 countries together.
Audiences at home could join in with lyrics to 'Power in Me' displayed on screen.

Ben Lewis, CEO of Young Voices said: “At this time, when children around the world are stuck at home and experiencing similar emotions, we thought it would be great to put something on that could bring people together and connect through song.” 

Last February, members of the YTL Arena team were lucky enough to witness the Young Voices Choir live in action at The O2, where the children’s energy and excitement was palpable. More than 8,000 school children sang alongside Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley, The Shires and winner of The Voice 2018, Ruti. You can read more about our night here:

Young Voices have performed at the O2 every year since it opened in 2007 and were awarded the 'Key to the O2' in 2019 for reaching 21 performances at the iconic venue.

Ben is enthusiastic about expanding Young Voices to the South West, both as a music educator and a promoter:

“As a music promoter staging arena shows across the UK, there is a huge need for an arena in the South West and these plans demonstrate a vision for a venue which will be hugely welcomed by both the entertainment industry and the customers it serves.”

To catch all past Young Voices at Home events, head to YVTV and enjoy more than 25 videos to sing along to.