Wearside youngsters raise the roof at Durham Cathedral

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Children from Sunderland schools came together in song at an annual concert in Durham Cathedral.

The yearly Music Outreach Concert was a culmination of the Outreach Programme involving Sunderland primary schools joining forces with the Cathedral Choristers.

Children performing at Durham Cathedral.

Children performing at Durham Cathedral.

This year’s concert saw more than 200 young voices from eight Sunderland schools performing alongside the choristers inside the Cathedral.

Family and friends packed into the church to hear children from St Michael's RC, Dame Dorothy Primary, Our Lady Queen of Peace, St Paul’s, Bexhill Academy, Broadway Junior, English Martyr’s RC and Richard Avenue primaries.

Rhianna Storey, nine, a pupil at Dame Dorothy Primary School, said it was an honour to take part in the event.

She said: "It is very, very exciting to be singing in a big church like this."

Acting Dean of Durham Cathedral, Canon David Kennedy, said: "It is a fantastic tradition to hold this event. It is just great to see so many children coming along to Durham Cathedral and singing so magnificently."

James Randle, Director of Music at the Cathedral’s Chorister School, who leads the outreach programme, said: "Children from the eight partnership schools have worked hard to learn a variety of songs to perform to their family and friends."

Coun Pat Smith, Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Children's Services, said: “The Outreach Programme is a great opportunity for our primary school children to develop their musical talents still further, and to perform in front of family and friends at Durham Cathedral which is always a great occasion.

“Sunderland City Council values its close working relationship with Durham Cathedral and its Choristers, and the outreach programme has provided hundreds of primary schoolchildren with this fantastic experience over the years.

“This concert is the result of months of hard work by the children, their teachers and their schools and I hope that they all enjoy it."

Rebecca Pedlow, manager of Sunderland City Council’s Music Education Hub, who helps organise the project with funding from Arts Council England, said: "The quality of teaching and learning delivered by Durham Cathedral benefits both teachers and children, helping to develop their vocal skills and music leadership through sessions in schools.

“We are grateful to the financial support from Arts Council, DfE Music Hub funding and Durham Cathedral supporters who enable children and young people to take part in these events.”

This year’s programme included Edelweiss by Rodgers and Hammerstein, local traditional favourite the Lambton Worm and Nativity Carol by John Rutter.