Schoolchildren from the John F. Kennedy school in Arnhem have been chosen to sing the children’s chorus in Pink Floyd’s 1979 hit ‘Another Brick in the Wall Part 2’ live and on stage with Roger Waters on Friday 8 April at a sold out GelreDome, Arnhem.
Waters has been taking on schoolchildren to sing this chorus from around the world ever since the tour started in Toronto, Canada. Next week the kids finally get to meet the rock legend they had never heard of before they started practising. Their teacher says in the video they practice almost every school day. After all they have to dance a bit, and the song is in English.
I was exactly their age when the song was a hit on the radio, and I totally didn’t understand the complexity of Pink Floyd’s famous concept album until I saw the movie in 1984. At the time, it was the first movie made to fit an album, as opposed to a soundtrack being made to fit a movie. Being Canadian I also had no working understanding of the British school system with uniforms and headmasters or why the rock star (Bob Geldof) was so zonked and didn’t move. You could say it was part of my education.