Perfect harmony for Rastrick choirs

Seven schools joined forces to ‘shout’ about Rastrick.

The schools came together to form Rastrick combined school choir with Roger Davies singing ‘Rastrick Born and Raised’. The recording was done at Rastrick High School and will make up part of the DVD Big Vocal 1.

Combined choirs from Rastrick schools join Roger Davies to record Big Vocal 1 song.

Combined choirs from Rastrick schools join Roger Davies to record Big Vocal 1 song.

The DVD will also feature the pop video of the song filmed by High Five Productions on location in the Rastrick area. The Big Event community fun day back in August, the last service of Rev Matthew Pollard and outtakes/bloopers from the many hours of filming.

Nearly 220 pupils from Carr Green Primary School, Longroyde Junior School, Castlefields Infant School, William Henry Smith School, Field Lane Primary School, Rastrick Independent School and Rastrick High School attended the recording.

The choir master was Jill Lambert from Longroyde and the students did various recordings of the chorus.

Organiser Adrian Hartshorn said: “It was brilliant. We had 219 pupils turn up and everything went according to plan. We did plenty of takes filming video from various angles.”

Emily Layden-Fritz, nine, from Rastrick Independent School who has designed the winning DVD front cover for Big Vocal 1

Emily Layden-Fritz, nine, from Rastrick Independent School who has designed the winning DVD front cover for Big Vocal 1

The choir will also perform with Roger at the World Premier of the song on Friday, October 25, at Rastrick High School at 7.30pm. The chief guest is the CEO of Big Local Debbie Ladds and the DVD will be on sale for £5.

A download of the song will be available on www.rastrickbiglocal.co.uk for 99p from the same day. All the profits go to the Big Local project.

The song was put together by Mr Davies and an extra verse by Jill Marsh and R B Dance who won the competition in the Brighouse Echo. The competition was sponsored by Millers Oils, Charles Woods and Highfield Newsagents.

The video was made on location in Rastrick in early August and extras were residents and business in Rastrick. Fiaz Shahpal and Jamie Malone students at Rastrick High did the filming and editing.

And a further competition was run in conjunction with the Echo to design the front cover for the DVD. The winner has been revealed as nine-year-old Emily Layden-Fritz who attends Rastrick Independent School. She will now be invited to join Mr Davies to jointly switch on the Big Local Christmas decorations at Top O’ Town, Rastrick on Friday, November 24 at 6pm.