Sunderland set for City Sings competition

East Herrington Primary School choir, winners of the Sunderland City Sings 2013 competition.
East Herrington Primary School choir, winners of the Sunderland City Sings 2013 competition.
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YOUNG people from across Sunderland will be in fine voice for an annual concert.

The 11th yearly City Sings competition will be held at the Sunderland Empire this month with schools from across Wearside competing to take the top title.

East Herrington Primary Academy, last year’s overall winners, will be hoping to defend their crown and once again win the Dr Gilbert Trophy to put on display.

Other schools which will be taking to the stage for the competition, will be Newbottle Primary, Washington School, St Anthony’s Academy, John F Kennedy Primary, St Cuthbert’s RC Primary and Hetton Lyons Primary.

They will be joined by Farringdon Community Academy, Castletown Primary, Red House Academy, Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary and Southmoor Academy.

Stephen Auster, Sunderland music hub education leader and organiser of the event, said this year the theme will be the 60s.

He said: “Over the years, City Sings has explored various themes and asked local schools to choose their songs accordingly, from folk songs to stage musicals. This year’s event will go back in time to the 1960s with favourite retro hits.”

Stephen said he is expecting the event to be as popular as ever with a full house.

This year, North Tyneside Steelband will provide the musical interlude while the adjudicators reach their verdicts, and chairing the judging panel will be author and television presenter John Grundy.

Last year, the 10th anniversary theme for City Sings was Disney songs and, as well as being crowned the overall winners, East Herrington Primary Academy also won the primary section with their version of Elton John’s Can You Feel The Love Tonight, from the Lion King.

And, Red House Community Choir won the open category, for pupils aged 11 years and over, with their song choice of Chim Chim Cher-ee, from Mary Poppins.

The City Sings the 60s will be staged at the Empire Theatre on Sunday, March 16, starting at 7pm. Tickets for the event, costing £7.90, are available from the theatre.