Bringing light to Grenfell’s shadow – the choir marking an academy’s ‘rebirth’

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Gareth Malone is well-known for mentoring choirs.  His Military Wives made the Festival of Remembrance in 2011.  He searched for the best a cappella group.  And he went to a Leicester school for his series Boys Don’t Sing.

Now Gareth is back in a school.  But it’s not just any school.  It’s Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA), the London secondary school in the shadow of Grenfell Tower.

Five of Grenfell’s 72 victims were KAA pupils. 

The school had to move into temporary buildings and was due to move back to its reopened site last summer.  To celebrate the return, the academy principal David Benson invited Gareth Malone to help pupils stage a concert.

The story of the young people who worked with Gareth will be shown in two episodes starting tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.

David Benson, KAA’s head, was interviewed by Schools Week a few months after the fire.  Benson’s account of that night in June 2017 is here. 

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