Walking the corridors to the hall at Attenborough School in the lead up to Christmas, the Forces Live Events (CSE) cast could feel the excitement from the children to see a performance by star of X-Factor and 2017’s third place finalist Kevin Davy White, alongside upcoming artiste Riva, and host Barry Castagnola.
CSE increased their time in Sennelager to put on performances at Attenborough School and John Buchan School following their extremely popular show at Brydon House Personnel Recovery Centre the previous evening.
Mrs Thorp, Headteacher at Attenborough School said: “To have the opportunity for CSE to come over just brings a little bit of home to the children and it just allows them to see that there is a connection to what they see on the TV.
"To have an X Factor person here today was amazing for them, so I think it just opens up their world a little bit more, to them it’s made their Christmas.”
It was Riva’s first time performing for CSE, but she felt a connection to the children at the schools as her Mother was a service child:
“My Grandfather was in the Navy, so my Mum moved around a lot when she was growing up…I know that she would have loved it being in school and having this kind of entertainment when she was away”
Freddie Winton, who was in the audience at Attenborough School, was excited to see the performance after his parents saw CSE Show at Brydon House Personnel Recovery Centre the night before. After the school show he showed his appreciation for the singers:
“People were clapping and they liked the songs that Kevin and Riva were doing…when Kevin did a song, cos he went super-fast”
When asked what it was like to perform for injured, wounded and sick service personnel one night, then come to a school to perform for forces children, Kevin said: “It’s a different approach, yesterday was really rock’n’roll which they loved, today was more current and a little bit more modern. The two crowds is different but I still give my 100, like playing for 1000 people and it was really nice to give the smile or good vibrations to people is the purpose, that’s why I’m singing”
The children performed ‘Hope of Heaven’ for CSE at the end which was very touching for all the artistes who got the chance to be the audience.
The CSE team travelled straight to John Buchan School where the pupils had just finished their Christmas lunch and were ready for the festivities.
The children were full of festive cheer, and even put their unique spin on ‘Last Christmas’ with loud choruses of:
“Last Christmas I gave you my heart and the very next day you sold it on eBay”
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