Pupils in musical commemoration of First World War at Durham Cathedral

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MORE than 200 youngsters from Sunderland and Washington got to be choristers for the day when they took part in a musical commemoration of the First World War at Durham Cathedral.

The pupils from Albany Village, Benedict Biscop, George Washington, John F Kennedy, Our Lady Queen of Peace, St Cuthbert’s, St John Boste and Wessington Primary schools, joined girls from the Choristers’ School to perform eight songs to a packed cathedral.

IN FINE VOICE: Pupils from Wearside schools performing at Durham Cathedral to commemorate the First World War.

IN FINE VOICE: Pupils from Wearside schools performing at Durham Cathedral to commemorate the First World War.

The concert is the culmination of the annual outreach programme, which offers children the chance to come together to sing in the historic cathedral, to invited guests including the Mayor of Sunderland, Stuart Porthouse.

Isabelle Kerr, 10, from Fatfield, who goes to Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School, in Penshaw, said: “We have been practicing for weeks and I’ve really enjoyed singing.

“I’ve been here before with my auntie and mum, and singing here is really, really good. I’ve been looking forward to it for ages.”

Kami Estob, 10, who attends St John Boste Primary School in Oxclose Village, said: “I’ve not been nervous, just excited. We’ve practised for three hours today.”

And Kate Foster, nine, of Benedict Biscop Primary School in Moorside, said: “I’m really very excited and nervous. We’ve been practised every week for a term to sing these eight songs.”

In addition to listening to the youngsters perform, the audience was invited to join in singing wartime songs Daisy Bell and Keep The Home Fires Burning.

The concert concluded with Silent Night sang in German, giving everyone the chance to reflect on the Christmas Day truce of 1914.