CHILDREN filled Mowbray Park with the sound of music yesterday.
The youngsters, from The Venerable Bede cluster of schools, put on the show as part of a programme to promote musical talent.
The theme for Making Music in Mowbray is celebrating Sunderland’s heritage, the reopening of the glass centre, and is part of the Festival of the North East.
Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Robert Heron, who opened the event, said it encourages children to get involved in music.
“When you come out on a day like this, and you have kids enjoying themselves like this, it is absolutely wonderful.”
The pupils, from The Venerable Bede, Benedict Biscop Primary Academy, New Silksworth Junior, Ryhope Junior, and St Paul’s Primary schools, entertained on the park’s bandstand.
St Paul’s pupils Kieran Dodds, Paige Matthews, and Robyn Allison, all 11, said the day was the product of hard work.
“We have been practising for four weeks now,” said Kieran. The concert began with When Northern Saints Go Marching In.
The ballad Lindisfarne, arranged by Sunderland music education leader Steve Auster, was also performed.
Coun Pat Smith, responsible for children’s services, said the programme helps to promote culture in the city.
She added: “The performances are an important part of the summer programme in the park, and give musicians from our schools the chance to perform in front of an audience.”
The programme will close on Friday, June 28, with performances by City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra, East Herrington Primary Academy choir, Castletown Primary choir, and Sunderland Music Project.