Young people from across Wolverhampton are set to sing their hearts out for Pudsey this evening (Friday 14 November, 2014).

Pupils from 4 schools in the city will be appearing on BBC Midlands Today as part of a primary school choir singing for BBC Children in Need.

Dozens of Year 5 and 6 pupils from Merridale, St Luke's and St Bart's Primary and Christ Church Junior schools - along with their peers from 3 schools in Birmingham - will spend this afternoon at the Thinktank in Birmingham recording the song and preparing for 2 live broadcasts on BBC Midlands Today this evening.

Wolverhampton Music Service was approached by the BBC in September to take part, and the pupils have been rehearsing in their weekly sessions.

Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: "This is an excellent opportunity for our young people to show off their talents on TV and I'm delighted Wolverhampton Music Service has been able to support BBC Children in Need in this way.

"The pupils are very excited about it as they will not only be recording the song, and taking part in 2 live broadcasts this evening, but also doing their bit for a very worthwhile cause."

He added: "Around 2,500 young people in the city receive tuition from Wolverhampton Music Service every week, with pupils singing at a number of events throughout the year, either at the Music School or at local venues.

"Music has enormous educational benefits for our youngsters; evidence shows it can improve pupils' numeracy, language and literacy skills, and also their self-confidence, behaviour and social skills."

  • released: Friday 14 November, 2014