PUPILS from south Wiltshire primary schools will be singing live on this year's BBC Children in Need.

Taking place on Friday, the appeal show will will feature 1,399 schoolchildren performing from nine different locations across the country as they join together to sing True Colours by Cyndi Lauper.

One of the locations is St Michael’s Primary School in Larkhill where pupils will also be joined by children from All Saints Church of England Primary School in Netheravon and Larkhill Primary School in Larkhill, and Amesbury Primary School in Amesbury will perform.

Led by Owena Archer, the 162 children have already started their rehearsals to get ready for their live performance.

The song has been specially arranged for by musical director, David Arnold with vocal arrangements by Claire Moore, and pre-recorded backing music from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Choir lead, Owena Archer said: “The children and I are delighted to be a part of this year’s BBC Children in Need Choir performance - we have all been working really hard to make this the best performance yet, and can’t wait to get together for the Appeal show, and help support children and young people right across the UK.”

The choirs will sing in unison from eight other UK locations including: Lady Lever Art Gallery in Wirral, Hartlepool Town Hall in Hartlepool, Mountsorrel Memorial Centre in Leicestershire, W5 Science & Discovery Centre in Belfast, Allington Castle in Kent, Elstree Studios in London, Broadcasting House in Cardiff and Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

The Children’s Choir is regarded as one of the highlights of the annual Appeal Show. Last year the choir sang A Million Dreams, from the musical The Greatest Showman; in previous years they’ve sung a jazz rendition of ‘Over the Rainbow’ and Miley Cyrus’ hit song ‘The Climb’.

Supporting BBC Children in Need this year will help fund even more projects like Wiltshire Portage which benefits from a three-year grant of £30,000 to provide outreach support to families with pre-school children experiencing developmental delays and difficulties. Through the programme of play based activities children are supported to improve their social and communication skills for a positive future.

BBC Children in Need currently funds 16 projects across Wiltshire with funding of more than £769,000 hard at work across the county.