A new song supported by Wallsend-born musician Sting, has been performed live for the first time by over 200 local primary school children.
Border to the River is a single produced by Music Partnership North, a new initiative between Newcastle and Northumberland Music Services, Newcastle College and Sage Gateshead to promote music tuition and performance in schools across the region.
The youngsters, from seven local schools, visited Newcastle College for MPN Live, a two day event to celebrate the launch of the partnership and to promote the single.
The day culminated in a performance that brought all of the children together to sing the song, along with Foundation Popular Music student, Gabrielle Irving, who sings lead vocals on the recording.
The single was created by Music Partnership North to raise money to promote music making through similar projects in the region’s schools.
Border to the River is available to download through digital music retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, Google and Spotify and features the voices and instruments of children from schools including St Bede’s First school in Bedlington and Cramlington Learning Village.
Sting said: “From the first moment I picked up a guitar as a young boy in Wallsend, music has been the most important part of my life.
“Music Partnership North will give children from across the north east the chance to discover a lifelong love of music.
“The region has a great creative atmosphere and legacy and as this song demonstrates, music is very much alive and an important part of people’s lives.”
Tom Bradley, from Newcastle College, added: “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received so far.
“Sting is a great ambassador for promoting music through education and opened our Performance Academy so has strong, well established links with the College.”