Local children’s community choir to sing National Anthem at Crabbie’s Grand National

Aintree Racecourse is delighted to announce that a local children’s community choir will sing the National Anthem prior to the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National Race on Saturday 11 April.

Each year the National Anthem is sung prior to the Grand National with previous performers including Welsh soprano, singer and songwriter, Katherine Jenkins, and the famous Military Wives Choir.

However, 2015 will see the unique creation of a local children’s choir who will sing the National Anthem at one of the biggest sporting events in world, in front of 72,000 people at Aintree Racecourse and 9 million people in the UK on Channel 4.

In partnership with Liverpool’s Resonate Music Hub, Aintree is working with five local schools to give 60-70 music pupils in the Aintree community an opportunity of a lifetime. Children will range from ages 9-13 years old and the schools include Barlows Primary School, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School, Holy Name Catholic Primary School, Longmoor Primary School and Northcote Primary School.

At the Betfred Becher Chase Community Day in December 2014, Aintree Racecourse gave free access to racegoers and launched its first community programme aimed at providing inspiring opportunities to children and adults in the community, and this new initiative forms part of this long term plan.

John Baker, Regional Director of the Jockey Club North West, said: “After launching our first Aintree Community programme last year, we are delighted to be working with Resonate to offer this opportunity to 60-70 local children to sing their hearts out before the greatest horserace in the world.

“We are committed to supporting the local community and look forward to inspiring more kids and adults and providing further opportunities through our sport.

“The 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National looks to be another momentous occasion and the team is working hard to enhance and elevate the Festival even further this year.

“The recently launched Racemaker programme is designed to ensure customers have the best possible experience at Aintree and the inaugural Grand Women Summit on Ladies Day shows our immense support for women in sport and business.

“As always we look forward to a fantastic Festival and hope all racegoers have a great experience at Aintree, whichever day they choose.”

Resonate is working in partnership with Aintree Racecourse to recruit and coach the children’s community choir. They have a leading role in supporting music in and out of schools across the city and operate as a powerful voice for great music.

Jean Tremarco, Assistant Head of Service, comments: “Resonate is delighted to be asked by Aintree Racecourse to put together a choir to sing at the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National, one of the greatest sporting events in the world. This will be a very exciting event for the children and staff of the primary schools involved and I know the children will be amazing!”

Tickets and hospitality packages for The 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National Festival are available to purchase now at www.thecrabbiesgrandnational.co.uk or by calling 0844 579 3001. Racegoers can also buy tickets directly from the sales office at Aintree Racecourse.

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