Singing Success for Sunderland Primary School Choir

East Herrington Primary School Choir in school hall

East Herington Primary School was the proud recipient of the accolade of Best Vocal Sound 2019 at the recent City Sings choral competition.

The annual competition held at Sunderland Empire on 3rd March is now in its fifteenth year and saw over 600 children aged 7 to 16 from 15 schools take part.

The day after City Sings, the choir from East Herrington Primary travelled to London as finalists in the National Choral Competition at the Royal Festival Hall.

This success follows winning North East Choir of the Year at the North East Festival of Youth Choirs, which took place in Durham in February.

Sunderland Music Hub, which is funded by the Department for Education and Arts Council and managed by Together for Children, delivers a programme of concerts and events in schools throughout the academic year and organises the City Sings competition. 

Rebecca Pedlow, Sunderland Music Hub manager at Together for Children, said: “City Sings is the culmination of many hours of practice and rehearsal and so we would like to thank everyone who participated.

“Congratulations go to all of the schools involved and to dedicated teachers who invest time, energy and resources to rehearse their repertoire, but especially to East Herrington Primary, whose choir received a life affirming experience at the Royal Festival Hall.”

Nicola Hair, Headteacher at East Herington Primary School, said: “City Sings is such a great event and the feedback from families and children has been delightful. It is wonderful to see so many children enjoying singing and performing.”

“We had an amazing experience in London and although we didn’t win the national competition, our choir can be very proud. They sang beautifully and the children got to meet Douglas Coombes, the well-known choral practitioner and composer, who said he had very much enjoyed our performance.”

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