Students sing for suffrage

March 03 2018
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A NEW student choir has been formed to mark the anniversary of women getting the vote.

Taking centre stage outside City Hall on College Green, more than 60 students from John Cabot Academy, Hanham Woods Academy and King’s Oak Academy performed to at least 1,500 people.  

The choir, which formed on the day and performed after only an afternoon of rehearsals, sang 'March of the Women' and a new song commissioned for them called 'We Rise.'

The day marked 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed, granting some women over 30 in the UK the right to vote for the first time. 

A spokesperson from Cabot Learning Federation, which the three academies belong to, said: "The students behaved impeccably, were responsible and helpful and most of all sounded amazing. We are truly proud that our students were able to play a small part in these major historic celebrations."

Penny Gane, chair of Bristol Women's Voice, told students: "The choir were magnificent, they really did us proud. I can’t thank you enough for all the hard work you put into making the event so massively successful in such a tight timescale."