Celebrity vocal coach Mark De Lisser is encouraging schools to sign up for The Virtual Big Sing 2021 on 1st July, for a day of free live-streamed performances that pupils can participate in, learn vocal parts and sing along with their favourite stars.

Organisers of the event, which will be streamed from Abbey Road Studios and hosted by Mark, hope that over 500,000 children will be able to join. The full lineup is as follows:

Aston Merrygold
Professor Green
Marisha Wallace
RED (Tik Tok Star)
Kirsten Joy (Clean Bandit)
Nathan Evans
Becky Hill

Mark, who coached the celebrities behind the masks on The Masked Singer, arranged the children’s choir for Children In Need, co-presents "Our Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure" and arranged the Kingdom Choir's performance of "Stand By Me" at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, hopes that this event will bring a much-needed boost of positivity to school music lessons.

Mark explains: “Because of lockdown, so many children have missed out on singing together as a group, which is something I know first hand is beneficial for mental health. I have chosen the lineup for Virtual Big Sing 2021 that includes artists that schoolchildren will connect with, and a few that will strike a chord with teachers and parents because I want everyone to join in. Singing the same song gives us a shared purpose and a sense of achievement. This is about feeling good, and about making music in schools fun and engaging”

The Secondary School session starts at 11.00 am and the Primary session at 1.30 pm Thursday 1st July 2021. Schools that register for the event will be sent parts/lyrics to the songs that will be performed on the day and Mark will provide a singing tutorial via video prior to the event.

Following the sing-a-long performances, there will be an open Q&A session with artists.

For more information on how to take part, go here The Virtual Big Sing 2021 - Norfolk Music Hub

The event is completely free for all schools, nationwide, to join and is organised by Norfolk Music Hub.

Children can ask the stars questions here.