Generic Theatre Stage shot - ATV 2007Over 1,500 children, aged 7 to 16, from 27 London schools will take over the iconic Royal Albert Hall in March in an attempt to break the World Record for the largest Samba Band.

The performance marks the UK launch of the second Street Child World Cup that kicks off three weeks later in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Up to 250 street-connected boys and girls from 19 countries on five continents will come together to play football and challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children everywhere.

I look forward to Brazil in 2014 when street children from around the world will play football and represent the millions of children who still live or work on our streets. – David Beckham

As a prelude to the world famous Rio Carnival, the samba-drumming school children are expected to turn the Royal Albert Hall into a cauldron of vibrant colour and sound as they revel in the carnival atmosphere. The event will be hosted by former BBC presenter Andy Akinwolere and Sky Sports News’ Hayley McQueen.

We are proud to be supporting this great cause as part of our education and outreach work and what better chance to break a World Record in the process. We look forward to welcoming all the schools involved for what will be an unforgettable event – Caroline McNamara, Senior Education Consultant at the Royal Albert Hall

The performance is the culmination of weeks of hard work by the pupils who have been taking part in a 10-week intensive samba course with Inspire-works facilitators.

Dontations can be made for the street children’s rights by sending a text: SCWC14 followed by the donation amount to 70070. The Samba event takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on March the 3rd.

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