Sunderland schoolchildren to mark the outbreak of World War One

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SCHOOLCHILDREN are preparing to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War when they take part in an annual outdoor music event.

The Making Music in Mowbray school concert, now in its 12th year, has added significance this time round as it forms part of the city-wide Keep the Home Fires Burning commemoration.

Tomorrow’s concert will see pupils from four schools perform songs like Keep the Home Fires Burning and It’s Long Way to Tipperary from the Mowbray Park bandstand

The annual outdoor music events, organised by the city’s museums and School Music Education Hub, are held to give young musicians the chance to perform live to a large public audience of friends, family and park-goers.

The day begins at noon, with a speech by Sunderland’s new mayor Stuart Porthouse, followed by a First World War-themed programme of music performed by pupils from Benedict Biscop Academy, Ryhope Juniors, St Paul’s CE Primary and the Venerable Bede School, until 1.30pm.

Coun Stuart Porthouse, Sunderland’s new Mayor, said: “What a fantastic introduction to our term of office as Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland.

“I’m really looking forward to enjoying music in one of our city’s beautiful parks performed by some of our city’s most talented young musicians.”