A group of talented youngsters from a Halstead school joined almost 1,500 other children for a "memorable" concert.

The choir from Richard de Clare School in Parsonage Street, Halstead were among 1,400 primary school aged children from 40 UK schools who performed a special concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The concert was held in support of the charity Barnardo's, who last year helped 301,000 children, young people, adults and carers through its services.

Sarah Donnelly, headteacher at the school was "honoured" to be in the audience for the charity performance.

She said: "I’m very proud of how they have worked, it was a tough day with an early start and a very late finish.

“They had to join 1,400 children and that is no mean feet with just the day to rehearse with all of them, and the performance in the evening.

“It was an amazing concert and I’m so happy I had the pleasure of being in the audience for it."

The Young Supporters' concert is held by Barnardo's every year, with songs being performed from famous films such as Aladdin, La La Land and The Greatest Showman, along with festive favourites and orchestral classics.

Javed Khan, chief executive of Barnardo's, said: “This was a fantastic evening of music by some amazingly talented children.

“I’m extremely grateful to all the volunteers and teachers who made it possible.

“The money raised will help us continue to support thousands of the most vulnerable children and families across the UK.”

The concert was compered by trained actor and dancer Adam Shorey and conducted by Susanna Edom, a range of trusts and the director of the Chelmsford Teaching Schools Alliance.

Mrs Donnelly hopes the children will continue to remember the event for the rest of their lives.

She said: “The children were very excited by the whole day, they could not believe what they were doing.

“Some of the children who took part were very young and I think although they may not realise how incredible it was then, they will look back on it as a really memorable moment.

“It was an honour to see the show, I also have to name check our choir leader, Katie Johnson who got the children very well prepared for the performance.”

To find out more about the work of Barnardo's, go to barnardos.org.uk