Pupils make music in Sunderland park

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SCHOOL musicians are hoping to be on song tomorrow for the 10th annual Making Music in Mowbray event.

Pupils from The Venerable Bede School and its four feeder primaries; Benedict Biscop Primary Academy, New Silksworth Junior, Ryhope Junior and St Paul’s CE Primary, will perform in and around the bandstand from noon until 1.30pm.

The theme is celebrating Sunderland’s heritage, and is part of this summer’s Festival of the North East programme which includes the exhibition of the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham.

Songs featured will include ‘Two People, Two Churches, Two Rivers’, written by local historian Keith Gregson about the historic cultural significance of the joint monasteries of St Peter’s in Sunderland and St Paul’s in Jarrow. Also sung will be the ballad ‘Lindisfarne’, arranged by Stephen Auster, Sunderland Music Education Hub Lead Officer.

This year’s programme in Mowbray Park will be brought to a close on Friday, June 28, with a varied programme of music.

Councillor Pat Smith said: “The annual Music in Mowbray performances are an important part of the summer programme in the park, and provide musicians from our schools with the chance to perform in front of an audience.”