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Sidcup students perform with soul legends The Drifters

PUBLISHED: 14:46 14 September 2012

Blackfen School for Girls singers rehearse with the Drifters lead singer Michael Williams

Blackfen School for Girls singers rehearse with the Drifters lead singer Michael Williams

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Young singers at Blackfen School for Girls in Sidcup had the opportunity of a lifetime when they received singing lessons from a member of soul legends The Drifters.

Vocalist Michael Williams went in to the Sidcup school yesterday (September 13) and rehearsed classic songs such as Saturday Night At The Movies and Stand By Me with 14 students.

The school will be providing backing singers for the American band’s gig at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford on October 11.

Youngsters will also sing with The Drifters on their brand new song written by former Boyzone singer Ronan Keating.

Lucy Monday, 15, said: “Michael is a real inspiration and has given me the desire to succeed in the music industry.”

Sophie Campbell, also 15, added: “I knew these songs but didn’t really know who they were by.

“I usually listen to heavier music such as The Foo Fighters but I really like this style of music and I’m looking forward to performing with The Drifters.”

The band has sold 214 million singles and 114 million albums worldwide and sold over 100,000 tickets for their tour last year.

The Drifters were formed in 1953 and have had a variety of different line-ups over the years. The other current members are Ryan King, Carlton Powell and Pierre Herelle.

Head of music Lydia Wood said: “They decided to choose us because they wanted to work with a secondary school and it was a real honour.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for the girls and they relished it.”

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