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PUBLISHED: 14:28 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:30 23 August 2010

ROUTINE: Pupils from Horizon Primary School prepare for their big night.

ROUTINE: Pupils from Horizon Primary School prepare for their big night.

HUNDREDS of primary school pupils, parents and teachers are set to perform at the stunning Royal Opera House. The famous venue in London is due to host a special children s evening as part of the Voice of the Future project on Saturday.

HUNDREDS of primary school pupils, parents and teachers are set to perform at the stunning Royal Opera House.

The famous venue in London is due to host a special children's evening as part of the Voice of the Future project on Saturday.

Pupils from three schools in the area will be in the first group of children to sing at the event.

In total 200 pupils from seven Kent schools have been practising the popular choral theatre piece On the Rim of the World since October, which they are due to perform live.

Horizon Primary School, Swanley, Knockhall Primary School, Greenhithe, and The Craylands School in Swanscombe will be represented at the event.

Gwyneth Johnson, a teacher at Horizon who is also performing in the show, said: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Luckily I was already involved with a project at the Royal Opera House called Voice of the Future, so we were invited to take part in this project because of that.

"It's just the most incredible experience. The fact that the pupils are singing and dancing alongside us teachers and parents too is wonderful. It has really added to our relationships. The kids have really matured and grown in self-confidence

"You don't think you have much more to learn as an adult, but this has put us all on a whole new learning curb."

On Monday all those taking part recorded a show for Radio 4s 'Go For It' and discussed their performance.

It is the first time a new musical work has been commissioned for young voices and performed on the Royal Opera House main stage.

The evening will be compered by National Singing Ambassador Howard Goodall before a 2,000-strong audience.

Mrs Johnson said: "We are all feeling excited and nervous at the same time - it's nearly crunch time. But it's definitely going to be a success, there's so much enthusiasm from everyone"

Nine-year-old Horizon pupil Emily May, said: "It's lots of fun. I like it because we dress up in nice costumes and sing and dance a lot. And not many people get the chance to sing at the Royal Opera House so we're very lucky.

"I think it's going to be a great show.

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