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School choir relish taking centre stage at Village

Paget Primary School puts on a performance at the AC Village (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A group of 30 Paget Primary schoolchildren showcased the talent of Bermuda youth at the America’s Cup Village.

The school’s extracurricular choir, made up of children from Primary 3 to Primary 6, were invited to perform at the Village before the races began last Thursday.

They performed three songs, with various students taking the responsibility of performing solo.

“It was exciting for them,” said deputy principal Sonia Haley, as the America’s Cup Village had them on a “bigger stage”.

She added that the performance presented them the opportunity to be “professionals” when they went backstage, did a sound check, and rehearsed.

Shia Bean, a Primary 5 student, told The Royal Gazette that she was both “nervous and scared that I was going to mess up, but I pushed through it”.

Janiya Sealey, who is in Primary 3, said: “When I got up on stage, I was nervous, but once I started singing, I didn’t feel nervous anymore.”

There may have been many people watching them, but one of the soloists, Kijali Jean-Marie, a Primary 5 student, remembered thinking: “I have to please them.”

Overall, it was a “good experience”, said a fellow soloist, Ca’Mya Rose of Primary 6.

Ms Haley said the children and choir director Treamae Smith had sacrificed many hours during lunch breaks and after school to perfect their performance, while parental support has proved vital.