Sunderland gets the Glee treatment

Lively performance from St. Robert's Singers
Lively performance from St. Robert's Singers
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LITTLE voices proved a force to be reckoned with as schoolchildren from across the city gathered at the Sunderland Empire.

Hundreds of pupils were aiming to hit all the right notes for the grand final of the annual City Sings competition yesterday.

Children from eight primary and four secondary school choirs competed in this year’s final, with St Robert of Newminster coming out as overall winners.

This year’s theme was The City Sings U.S. which helped celebrate Sunderland’s International Friendship Agreement with Washington DC, with each school choir singing at least one song with an American flavour.

Sunderland Mayor Coun Thomas Martin said: “This is a fantastic annual event which not only helps showcase the young musical talent we have in our schools, but also helps all those taking part to explore different forms of musical cultures and tradition through the different themes every year.”

The 12 schools taking part this year were Benedict Biscop, St Cuthbert’s, Highfield, East Herrington, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Holley Park, Castletown and Hetton Lyons primary schools and Thornhill, St Robert’s, Farringdon and Red House Academy in the Open category.

East Herrington came out victorious in the Primary School section.

This year’s judging panel included Coun Martin, Coun Tom Foster and the editor of the Sunderland Echo, Rob Lawson.

Mr Lawson said: “It was a fantastic evening and everyone taking part deserves credit for the hard work put into making the night such a huge success.”