SINGING will once again fill the city centre as a summer of music comes to a close.
The annual Making Music in Mowbray will sign off during an open-air concert today at the bandstand in Mowbray Park from noon to 1.30pm.
The event, which gives school pupils the chance to show off their vocal skills, will hear from City Sings finalists Castletown Primary School and East Herrington Primary Academy.
Performances will also be given by Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra and Home Folk musicians from Sunderland Music Project.
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens’ learning officer Jennie Lambert will speak to the audience, as will National Glass Centre director James Bustard.
This 10th year of the music festival is linked to the Festival of the North and organised by the city council’s music department in partnership with the city’s museums.
Along with the programme of music, the audience will get the chance to hear about developments such as the re-opening of the National Glass Centre and the opening of an art exhibition by nationally-recognised artist Grayson Perry.
Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Robert Heron said: “I hope everyone will come along today to enjoy the music and hear what talented young people we have here in Sunderland.
“We can all be very proud of their efforts, which are the result of their hard work, and the support and guidance they receive from their schools and the Sunderland Music Education Hub.”
Coun Herron opened the first event on June 10 and will also provide the welcome speech at today’s event.
He said: “I am delighted to have been involved in this year’s annual Music in Mowbray programme, which gives young school musicians from across our city the chance to perform in front of an audience in such beautiful surroundings.”
•In the event of wet weather, the concert will be held in the museum.