January 2021 update: Due to the ever-changing situation around coronavirus, and recent school closures, Young Voices have decided to postpone The Biggest Sing until early Summer. A new date will be announced soon, but until then look out for the release of their charity single during Children's Mental Health Week.
On 2 February 2021 children in schools and homes across the UK will sing along with music legend Billy Ocean to help raise funds for Place2Be.
The Biggest Sing, which will take place during Children’s Mental Health Week 2021, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ‘Largest Simultaneous Sing’.
Billy Ocean, YolanDa Brown and Ruti will all perform live with the Young Voices Band at the O2 Arena. At the same time, thousands of school children and their teachers across the country will join in singing the classic Bill Withers song ‘Lovely Day’. The new version of the song will also be released as a charity single in support of Place2Be.
Earlier this year, Place2Be was selected as the official charity of Young Voices, the UK’s largest school choir. The partnership hopes to raise over £100,000 to support Place2Be’s training for teachers and school leaders across the UK, to equip them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to create mentally healthy learning environments.
Ben Lewis, CEO of Young Voices, said:
"Place2Be is an incredible charity and we can’t think of a more exiting way to raise vital funds for their work than break a world record with Billy Ocean and thousands of school children singing such an uplifting and powerful song as Lovely Day."
Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be, said:
“It’s been an incredibly challenging time for many young people, their families and schools. Loneliness and isolation has been one of the most common concerns amongst those we support, and I can’t think of a more positive and special way to bring our communities together than through the uplifting power of music. The Biggest Sing will be a true highlight of Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 and we look forward to hearing schools and homes across the country join together virtually in song”.
Participating groups can register their involvement in the world record attempt at youngvoices.co.uk/biggestsing to access learning resources for the song.
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*Due to the changing situation around the coronavirus pandemic, please make sure you are up to date with the latest government guidance on singing from DfE.
Any questions? Read Young Voices' FAQs sheet on The Biggest Sing.