Global singing sensation Emeli Sandé visited the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 16 October to work with young songwriters from Hackney and Lewisham as part of the Hall’s education programme.

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All images: Andy Paradise, 2012

The singer who recently performed at both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games, spent 3 hours in the Hall’s Elgar Room with the students from Sedgehill School, Stoke Newington School and Urswick School, kicking off with a question and answer session where she answered questions from the young songwriters.

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Assited by Emeli and her band, the participants then composed a song together, splitting into 4 groups to work on a different elements of the song.

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At the end of the workshop the students, accompanied by Emeli’s band, performed their new creation ‘Stand Up to an audience of Royal Albert Hall staff. Emeli herself then took to the stage to perform her hit single ‘My Kind of Love’ to the students and staff, topping off an inspiring day that all involved will never forget.

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Emeli Sandé performs in aid of The Prince’s Trust at the Hall on Sunday 11 November. Ahead of this concert she will once again be working with the Hall’s education team by hosting a mock press conference for budding young journalists.

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To learn more about the Royal Albert Hall’s education work, please visit:

www.royalalberthall.com/explore 

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The young songwriters perform their song Stand Up: