Sunderland pupils in fine voice at Durham Cathedral

Pupils from City of Sunderland schools join together with the choristers of Durham Cathedral to perform in the Music Outreach Concert.
Pupils from City of Sunderland schools join together with the choristers of Durham Cathedral to perform in the Music Outreach Concert.
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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.

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 was 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.” 

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.”