School students blow Elton John away with their impressive cover of 'I'm Still Standing'

Publish Date
Friday, 19 June 2020, 2:48PM

While schools in the UK continue to be closed during the current pandemic, one music teacher isn't letting that stop him from bringing joy to the world.

And it seems to have worked a treat for Elton John.

Pupils from Telford Priory School in Shropshire virtually recorded a cover of the rocketman's hit song 'I'm Still Standing' from their individual homes as they self isolate during the lockdown.

Their rendition of the 1983 classic was sent to the 73-year-old singer by musician Ron Sexsmith, prompting Elton to say it had "really cheered me up" in a private video message.

In the message, Elton said: "I watched it three times in a row because I couldn't believe how good you sang and played it.

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"You did something brilliant and made a brilliant version of 'I'm Still Standing.'

"I hope you all have a great career and music plays a big part in it because you have certainly got talent."

He also promised that the students would be guests at a future UK show when live music commences again.

Following the message, teacher Ben Millington said: "I just couldn't believe it when I received contact from Sir Elton.

"I wanted to do something practical showcasing the amazing talent of our students, whilst also cheering people up at this difficult time. When I showed the students there was screaming, crying, hands over mouths. I had to mute the microphones so we could actually hear what Elton was saying!"

How awesome!

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