A SCHOOL choir from Swindon will perform at a prestigious event in the Midlands today.

Around 60 students from The Ridgeway School received the call for The Vox and will be joined at the Birmingham conference centre by a mystery sports star and singing personality.

Head of music Rebecca Jankinson was over the moon when the Ridgeway youngsters got the call.

She said: “I’m really proud of the students. They work so hard and we have built up a good reputation and it’s so nice for them to do things outside of the school.

“They have been asked to go to a performance venue and it won’t be in front of parents but other people. That’s what they want to do as a career so these opportunities are really good for them.”

All of the Wroughton students are excited to be travelling to Birmingham to show off their talent.

They were picked from all of the schools in the country by event organisers PRIMIS Mortgage Network, based in Chippenham.

Rebecca told the Adver: “We’re really proud and happy, we spent a long time building our performing and creative arts’ reputation so it’s lovely to be recognised. It’s a big part of our school and this has validated our efforts.”

The youngsters, aged from 11 to 18, have been working hard to prepare for the event every week for the past four months.

Maisy, 14, is one of the students who will be performing.

She said: “I’m really excited to be going to The Vox but quite nervous because I haven’t performed in quite a long time – but I think it will be really good.

“I’ve always been passionate about singing since primary school and as soon as I walked in on my first day at Ridgeway I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

“When we were told about this opportunity I was just ecstatic because we had been chosen to do it so it feels quite special.”

Her classmate Charlie, 15, is also looking forward to it.

He said: “I’m nervous because for the school it’s one of the bigger things we will be doing.

"It’s quite a big thing for all of us so I’m really excited.

“When I was in Year 6 I did some productions since then I’ve been interested in it.

"When we were told about it I was really happy, it is such a big thing. There’s going to be a big audience and big stars there.”

The choir will be travelling to Birmingham early this morning and is set to perform at 4pm.