Hitting the right notes

Enfield-based children’s choir star in TV advert

Children from Young Notes, part of Young Talent Academy, preparing for their latest star turn
Children from Young Notes, part of Young Talent Academy, preparing for their latest star turn

An Enfield youth choir has provided the soundtrack for a television commercial.

Young Notes is part of the award-winning Young Talent Academy, a community interest company which provides opportunities for young people from the borough to get involved with performing arts – and includes singers aged from three to 21 years.

The advert for Center Parcs focuses on a family relaxing during their break and features the children from Young Notes singing Stevie Wonder’s For Once In My Life. The children recorded their version of the toe-tapping tune at Metropolis Studios in Chiswick, where artists such as Madonna and Elton John have previously recorded.

Regan O’Mahony, founder and director of Young Talent Academy, which boasts 150 students attending its singing, dancing and drama classes in Enfield Town, said: “When we were asked to take part in the Center Parcs advert, the students were so excited!

“The whole experience was really enjoyable, and the students were incredibly professional throughout – I’m so proud of them all.

“When I came up with the idea of Young Notes, I knew young people loved to sing, and I also knew there were great mental and physical benefits that come from singing and, in particular, group singing.

“Having worked with young people as a teacher, I wanted to design a new dynamic choir that challenged the traditional stereotypes of singing in a choir. I wanted to create a place where young people could sing upbeat music that they love.”

Andrew Regan, Center Parcs’ senior brand and content manager, said: “After a really difficult two years, we wanted to have a song that was upbeat, optimistic and made people feel good! But we also wanted to convey our brand essence – families – and how better to do that than to have a children’s choir singing the soundtrack.”

Past students of Young Talent Academy, which runs its classes at Enfield Grammar School, have gone on to perform in West End shows as well as at venues such as the O2 Arena and Westminster Cathedral.

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