Fame for Bucks school-kids

Children from three schools in South Bucks will be starring in a glittering show at the Wycombe Swan theatre later this month.

The pupils of Great Missenden School, Gateway School in Great Missenden and John Colet School in Wendover, are taking part in a three night run called Rock The Night Away. The shows will raise money for the national Deaf health charity SignHealth, which has its head-office in Beaconsfield.

The children will be joined by almost a thousand adult members of Rock Choirs from Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, High Wycombe, Amersham, Dunstable and Hemel Hempstead. Rock Choirs have sprung up all over the country, bringing a very modern edge to choir performances, with exciting harmonies.

Also at the Swan for the three nights from 10th-12th February are the Pandemonium drummers, who performed at the Olympic opening ceremony, and the all-girl vintage vocal trio “The Rockabellas”.

“It’s always great to perform at a theatre like the Wycombe Swan and to be part of such a huge and exciting show”, says Pippa Gearing, one of the Rockabellas and the musical director of the show. “To be able to help such a fantastic charity at the same time makes it three perfect nights in a row”.

The schools taking part have been chosen because they have played a big role in the charity’s sign2sing record breaking attempt, to get the most people signing a song and singing at the same time.

“Sign language is the first language of many deaf people, but they are rarely offered the interpreters they need to communicate with doctors and other health services”, says Linda Petrons, the organiser of sign2sing and Rock The Night Away.

“We want to encourage the next generation of health service workers to learn some basic sign language and to know the importance of interpreters for deaf people.”

The event is being sponsored by the builders’ merchants Grant & Stone, Hemel Copy, BP Collins Solicitors and Aston Hearing.

Tickets for Rock The Night Away are on sale now through the Wycombe Swan website.