Durham school children join Cathedral music celebration

School pupils from across Durham will take part in a special celebration of music.

Over 240 pupils from eleven primary schools will gather at Durham Cathedral to accompany the Choristers of Durham Cathedral on Friday, July 7, in this celebratory event which marks the finale of a term’s work with the Cathedral’s hugely successful Music Outreach programme.

Each term James Randle, Director of Music Outreach at Durham Cathedral, and the Cathedral Choristers visit primary schools across the region to teach the pupils and their teachers 45 minutes of song. Across the last six weeks the children have memorised a number of songs, ranging from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ‘Edelweiss’ to ‘The Hippopotamus Song’ by Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.

James Randle said: “The Music Outreach programme has gone from strength to strength through the years. The eleven participating primary schools have worked extremely hard to learn their songs, and we look forward to celebrating their achievement in the company of their friends and family”.

The celebration starts at 1.40pm on Friday 7 July, and all visitors to the Cathedral are welcome to join the audience. To find out more about the Music Outreach programme, please visit www.durhamcathedral.co.uk or contact musicoutreach@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Participating schools include: All Saints Catholic VVA Primary; Belmont CE Primary; Bishopton Redmarshall CE Primary; Esh CE (Aided) Primary; Heighton CE Primary; Our Lady Queen of Martyrs’ RCVA Primary, Esh Winning; St Anne’s CE Primary; St Joseph’s RC Primary, Ushaw; St Joseph’s RCVA Primary, Stanley; St Michael’s RCVA Primary; Trinity Primary.