SUNDERLAND came alive with the sweet sound of music when schools battled it out to be crowned City Sings champion.
The annual singing competition saw scores of schools tune in to sing on stage at the Sunderland Empire in front of a packed audience and a panel of top judges.
Castletown Primary School scooped the gold gong in the Olympic-themed City Sings contest with their performance, which included World Cup 2010 anthem Shakira’s Waka Waka.
Teacher Caoimhe Ni Chomhrai said: “It was a fabulous night and we were all very excited. The children had been practising since after Christmas every Thursday and they thoroughly enjoyed it.
“The theatre was packed and it was a full house that they performed in front of. We’re very proud of them all.”
The singers walked away with the overall winners prize of the Dr Gilbert Trophy.
The winners in the Open Choir category, aimed at senior aged pupils, was Farracappella, the a cappella choir from Farringdon Community Sports College.
Hetton Lyons Primary pupils also performed on stage.
Head teacher Sue Bell said: “The children loved the whole experience of singing on the big stage with a big audience.
“They were nervous at first but they really enjoyed themselves and dedicated one of their performances to one of the teachers, Mrs Smith.
“As a member of the audience, it was fantastic to see the quality of young people and the skills of young people in Sunderland because they were all a credit to themselves.”
East Herrington Primary School pupils also wowed the audience with their performance of You Raise Me Up and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
Music teacher Nicola Hair said: “It was a lovely event and everyone loved it. Our children were beautifully behaved and were a credit to the school.”
The annual concert has a different theme each year and this time, to coincide with London 2012, the title was City Sings Goes for Gold.
All the choirs which took part in the competition were asked to choose songs that reflected on the gathering of athletes from the nations of the five continents.