A 50ft worm snaked its way through Durham Cathedral to bring a Sunderland tale to life.
More than 250 primary children from Sunderland schools joined together to sing the Lambton Worm song as part of the cathedral’s Music Outreach Programme.
Not only did the children learn the words to the legendary Wearside song, but also designed and made a costume, which resulted in the huge worm.
The concert also included Let it Be by the Beatles, the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel and a piece called Solo Ride in a High-speed Train performed by Francesca Massey, on the cathedral organ.
Durham Cathedral’s girl choristers and children from Barnwell, Dubmire, Easington Lane, St Cuthbert’s RC, Usworth Colliery, Wessington and Willowfields Primary schools, along with Redby Academy, filled the cathedral with song.
Portfolio holder for children’s services, Councillor Pat Smith, said: “We hope the children and their families all enjoyed this wonderful occasion, which they have all worked so hard with their schools to prepare for.
“We really value the long-standing partnership we have with Durham Cathedral through this Music Outreach Programme. It not only provides our schools with the opportunity to learn musical skills and develop musical talent alongside the choristers, but also to perform in front of friends and family in historic and hallowed surroundings.”
There are three large school music outreach concerts a year at the cathedral and each term the Cathedral Choristers work with up to eight schools.
Mish Kelly, the Cathedral’s director of music outreach works with the participating schools, helping prepare the children for a concert at the cathedral.
Mish also works with teachers, as they develop their own choral leadership skills and the teachers from each participating school perform at the concert which is always warmly received by their pupils.