Sunderland schoolchildren join in with special choir concert

Pupils take to the stage. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.
Pupils take to the stage. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.

Hundreds of Sunderland children have hit the right note at a special concert.

More than 900 pupils took part in the WISE Sings event, which was held at Rainton Meadows Arena.

Little ones are on song. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.

Little ones are on song. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.

All six schools in the WISE Academies multi-academy trust, came together to stage the big performance for family and friends.

Among them were all the pupils from three Sunderland primaries, Bexhill Academy, Town End Academy and Hasting Hill Academy.

Jane Walton, headteacher at Hasting Hill, said: “It was amazing to see so many children from across the trust come together and perform, both as individual choirs, but also to unite as one WISE Academies choir.

“The children really did themselves proud and performed brilliantly. Wonderful memories were made on the day.”

The children really did themselves proud and performed brilliantly

Jane Walton

Zoe Carr, CEO of WISE Academies, said: “WISE Academies is all about making lifelong memories for our children and we certainly achieved this at the WISE Sings event.

“A fabulous day where the WISE family of schools sang with one voice celebrating their unity.”

The other three schools which took part were Prudhoe West Academy, Adderlane Academy and Shaftoe Trust Academy from Northumberland, which all travelled to Rainton Meadows Arena to take part in the event.

Katie Gregson, music co-ordinator for the trust, who organised the event, said it was great to be able to bring all the schools together for the event.

Wise sing at Rainton Meadows Arena. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.

Wise sing at Rainton Meadows Arena. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.

WISE stands for We Inspire Success and Excellence, and this is something that they strive to achieve.

Ms Gregson, said: “This was something that we had been working on for some time now and it was an amazing opportunity for the children from each of the different academies to come together and celebrate music.

“Singing as part of a choir has been proven to boost your happiness and well-being, as well as improving your memory, social skills and confidence.

“Anyone who sings in a choir, particularly the ones that we have here at WISE Academies, will tell you that this is absolutely true.”

Young voices in song. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.

Young voices in song. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.

Children from Reception to Year 6 took part in the event, performing all the group songs they had been learning.

These were followed by individual choir performances and a number of solos and duets.

Summer singing by the children from Wise Academy Trust. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.

Summer singing by the children from Wise Academy Trust. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.

School children in fine voice. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.

School children in fine voice. Picture: Fiona Toal, Moments Photography North East.