Pupils shine in concert
An audience enjoyed an evening of excellence as young musicians took to the stage for a summer concert.
Children at Bede Academy in Blyth sang and played a range of string, wind and percussion instruments in the annual showcase of talent.
Headteacher Irene Watson, for whom it was the last concert before she retires, said the standard of playing and singing was increasing each year at the academy, where all children have the opportunity to learn an instrument or to join a choir.
“We have got some very accomplished players now, which is something of a testament to their teachers and the children practising so hard,” she said.
Drummers Nathaniel Allen and Dylan Parker opened the concert, followed by clarinetists Anna Meggison and Alyssa Pollard, and flautists Elize Aydeniz, Abigail Stafford and Charlotte Wakenshaw.
There was then music from more flautists, as well as vocal trio Grace Harrison, Arwen Jenkins and Eve Turner, and the upper choir.
Music lead David Tallent said: “It’s worth every minute to see how far the children have come on over the years, and I also thank the parents for encouraging their children when things get tough.
“This was one of the most confident concerts we’ve had.”