Junior School girls were delighted to meet actress Sarah Parish today as she spoke about her part in organising The Dancing with Choirs show at Portsmouth Guildhall and her favourite moments as an actress.
The show, taking place on Sunday 7 February 2016, was launched by the actress, best known for her role in Peak Practiceand Merlin. It will display a mix of different dance styles with vocal choirs, Portsmouth High School Juniors being one, spanning across all genres of music. It will bring together all types of songs with ballet, street dance, jazz and ballroom being performed together with the choirs.
Organised by the Wessex Heartbeat charity, which supports patients with heart conditions across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex, the event will be raising money for two charities which support people with heart conditions; Wessex Heartbeat and The Murray Parish Trust.
Wessex Cardiac Centre and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton Hospital will be the beneficiaries from the musical extravaganza. Mr Ken Wilde from the Wessex Heartbeat charity said:
‘Sarah coming to Portsmouth High School today is wonderful and it all helps raise money and awareness for these two vital charities.’
The Junior Choir sang two of the songs that they will sing at the show in February; ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams and ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran.
Head of Music at the Junior School, Mrs Becky Hill said; ‘This has been a lovely opportunity for the girls to meet Sarah and we look forward to working with her at the Guildhall in February. I am so pleased that the girls had the chance to sing to her.’
Ms Parish and her husband, actor James Murray, lost their daughter Ella-Jayne at the age of eight months old in January 2009, after she was born with a heart defect. Since then they set up The Murray Parish Trust, which is a strong supporter of Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital and the Wessex Heartbeat charity.
‘It has been a wonderful day,’ said Ms Parish. ‘I have felt so welcomed to what is clearly a happy, creative and family-feel school.’