Pupils from Avon House Preparatory School, High Road, Woodford Green, win music festival competiton

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Teachers Susan Perry, David Cook and Dee Wright with the choir Teachers Susan Perry, David Cook and Dee Wright with the choir

Singing pupils wowed judges with their rendition of a jazz classic to win a music festival competition.

The choir from Avon House Preparatory School in High Road, Woodford Green, sang Hey Mr Miller in rounds with It's Good To Be Me to win its class in the Stratford and East London Music Festival.

Their music teacher, Dee Wright, said: “I was so proud of all the pupils and compliment them on their hard work and dedication.

“I think the judge really liked our combination of scat singing mixed with a more traditional style.

“Considering some of choirs had up to 50 members and with part singing it’s easier to do in large groups, so we did quite well to beat them.”

The choir took home a trophy after winning first prize for two-part singing.

Children in the choir are aged eight to 11 and rehearse once a week on Thursday morning before school.

Throughout the year they visit nursing homes and community groups to entertain residents with their singing.

The competition involved four other school choirs and was held in St Mary's Church, High Road, South Woodford yesterday.

The Stratford and East London Music Festival takes place annually in venues across east London and recognises the work of choirs and bands.

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