Sunderland schoolchildren to perform at Durham Cathedral

More than 250 Sunderland Primary School pupils taking part in the 2012 concert in Durham Cathedral arranged by the Cathedral's Music Outreach Programme.
More than 250 Sunderland Primary School pupils taking part in the 2012 concert in Durham Cathedral arranged by the Cathedral's Music Outreach Programme.
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THE young voices of Sunderland pupils are set to fill Durham Cathedral.

Pupils from eight of the city’s primary schools will be singing alongside choristers in the annual Cathedral Outreach Concert this afternoon.

The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Bob Heron, will join the parents, friends and family of the young Sunderland singers and other guests at Durham Cathedral for the performance.

Sunderland City Council has been working with the cathedral since 2003 to organise the Outreach Programme through the Sunderland Music Education Hub, which receives funding from the Arts Council and supports music development in Wearside schools.

Durham Cathedral’s director of music outreach, Mish Kelly, has been working with children and teachers at the schools to develop their choral skills and the concert will be the result of several months of hard work and rehearsals.

Ms Kelly said: “All eight schools have worked with great enthusiasm and I am sure all the friends and relatives of the children who come to the concert will be impressed and enchanted in equal measure by the high quality of the singing.”

This year’s concert will see more the 240 youngsters from the Academy 360, Bexhill Academy, Broadway Junior, Hetton Lyons, Hylton Castle, Mill Hill, Richard Avenue and Seaburn Dene, performing alongside the Cathedral Boy Choristers.

The programme will span a range of styles and genres, everything from Bach through to folk songs, carols and a vocal salsa, iCantar.

Sunderland City Council portfolio holder for Children’s Services, Councillor Pat Smith, said: “This annual musical event is a great occasion for our young people and their families, and a fantastic opportunity to sing in such beautiful and historic surroundings. I hope they all enjoy it.”