Song and sunshine as Sunderland remembers World War One

Making Music on Mowbary Park, Sunderland, as part of the First world War 100th anniversary celebrations on Friday.
Making Music on Mowbary Park, Sunderland, as part of the First world War 100th anniversary celebrations on Friday.
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YOUNG musicians filled Mowbray Park with the sound of music.

Pupils from The Venerable Bede cluster of schools performed at the city centre park yesterday as part of the annual Making Music in Mowbray concert.

The event, which took place for the twelfth time, had added significance this year as it was part of the summer programme commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

Named Keep the Home Fires Burning, Making Music in Mowbray heard school pupils from Benedict Biscop Academy, Ryhope Juniors, St Paul’s CE Primary and the Venerable Bede School perform a programme of songs from World War One including It’s A Long Way to Tipperary and Pack Up Your Troubles.

Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse, said it was an important occasion.

“I think the schools are playing their part very well,” he said.

“Not only are we commemorating the anniversary of the First World War, we are also commemorating the anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War which is 75 years.

“As Mayor, it is part of my duty to support the city and community in these events. I thoroughly enjoy doing it as well, and today is no exception.”

The event, which attracted a crowd of spectators at the bandstand in Mowbray Park, was the result of the successful partnership between the city’s museums and School Music Hub.

Headteacher of Saint Paul’s CE Primary School, Natalie Fountain, said: “I think Making Music in Mowbray is a brilliant opportunity for the children.

“They work really hard learning individual instruments and in their music lessons, and music is all about sharing and performing.

“It’s nice to be able to come outside and do something different so the children have the chance to show how brilliant they are.

“It’s a great, local, family event.”

St Paul’s pupil Kate Stoodley, 11, of Ryhope, said: “We have been practising loads and we have been having loads of extra music lessons.

“We do know a lot of the other schools as well so it’s nice to see people together and join up with them.

“I think it’s nice to see what other schools are getting up to as well with music.”

The winners of this year’s City Sings school choral music competition, East Herrington Primary Academy Choir, also gave a half hour performance in the Council Chamber after the concert in Mowbray Park.