Choirs hit the high notes at music festival

The NCEA Steel Pan Quartet who won their section.
The NCEA Steel Pan Quartet who won their section.

The sound of music filled a Northumberland school as singers from across the region gathered to take part in an annual music festival.

The school choir section of the Wansbeck Music Festival took place on Thursday at The Northumberland Church of England Academy (NCEA) Josephine Butler Campus in Ashington.

Music plays an important role in the life of the Academy and we really hope that events like this will help inspire children with a love of music

NCEA director of dramatic arts, John Trueman

The four-day festival, which has been running for more than 100 years, attracts performers from across the north east and features a wide range of musical talents from choirs and soloists to brass and steel pan bands.

This is the first time that part of the festival has been held at the academy and teachers hope it will help build on their work to inspire a love of music amongst pupils.

As well as a wide range of bands and choirs, the school also runs an orchestra project, which has seen the number of children learning instruments rise from 35 pupils to 450.

NCEA director of dramatic arts, John Trueman, said: “We were very excited to host part of this long-standing community festival.

“Music plays an important role in the life of the academy and we really hope that events like this will help inspire children with a love of music.”

Gillian Stewart, secretary of the Wansbeck Music Festival, added: “It was wonderful to see so many choirs entering the festival. Singing is a great way of bringing a community together and we hope even more schools will be encouraged to join us next year.”