Kingsley Academy will be holding a school concert in support of the LGBT, where students will be singing and performing songs together.

Auditions for the exciting event have already taken place last week- students performed a short piece in front of a panel of judges. The judges consisted of a group of students and teachers. Siham Abukah, a judge at the auditions, explained “Each and every audition was really good and a lot more people showed up than I expected. It was difficult to decide who’d get to perform and who wouldn’t, but we only have so much time booked. I think it’s going to be a great event.”

As well as showing support for the LGBT community, the concert will also advocate anti-bullying and push back against harmful stereotypes, with the goal of fostering a very accepting atmosphere in school and in Hounslow. Laxmi Sharma, a student who auditioned, said: “I’m really looking forward to participating in the event because I think it will be a good experience for everyone in the school.” She emphasised the need to show overt support for those in smaller communities and to spread positivity in the face of discrimination.

The concert is set to take place within the next two weeks, with the final preparations being completed in the meantime. All those lucky enough to have been chosen will be told soon and will begin a period of rigorous practice for the evening to come. We wish them the best of luck and a successful show.

Neharika Limbu