Schools tune up for contest

I am an ambassador for WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children, and I would like to invite primary school choirs in your area to enter an exciting singing competition.

Saturday, 23rd February 2019, 12:00 pm

The WellChild School Choir of the Year competition is now open to choose pupils from one lucky primary school to display their singing talents in the company of celebrities, and perhaps even royalty, at the WellChild Awards this autumn.

WellChild is launching its third annual singing competition for primary schools across the UK to see who can perform the best version of the classic song Lean On Me, by Bill Withers.

The winners will perform at this year’s WellChild Awards, which is regularly attended by WellChild’s Patron HRH the Duke of Sussex and celebrity guests.

All each school needs to do is find 20 of their best musical stars and send WellChild a video of them singing their rendition of Lean On Me.

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Schools can be as creative or as classical as they want, it’s up to them.

The competition will culminate in a live public vote from June 12 to July 12. The five schools with the most votes and five schools with the highest fund-raising total will then qualify for the final judging by a panel of musical experts.

The lucky winner will not only be crowned WellChild School Choir of the Year, but will win the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at our prestigious WellChild Awards. The winner will be announced on September 2.

Last year’s winners, Riverside School in Orpington, Kent, opened the 2018 WellChild Awards in London in front of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and celebrity guests with their show-stopping performance of Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked.

This is a fantastic opportunity for schools across the UK to get involved in a fun musical competition with a great prize, while at the same time helping WellChild with its work supporting seriously ill children and their families.

We would love to see as many schools as possible singing their hearts out with their version of Lean On Me so please get recording your entry now.

To get your school involved in the competition simply visit the WellChild website at

Alexandra Burke

WellChild Ambassador