School children come together for The Big Sing thanks to Allchurches grant

Ripon Cathedral will be filled with the voices of 350 local school children next month thanks to a grant from Allchurches Trust.

The Trust provided a grant for the cathedral’s musical outreach and community programme, and children from nine schools will now come together for The Big Sing at Ripon Cathedral on Wednesday 4th July at 1.30pm. Members of the local community have been invited to come along to enjoy the concert.

The outreach programme commenced in September 2017. It provides free weekly singing lessons in local schools for boy and girls to enhance their musical education, promote togetherness, and help them to learn and remember through fun singing sessions.

James Laing, Director of Grants and Relationships at Allchurches Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been able to provide funding for Ripon Cathedral’s music outreach programme.

“The programme is enabling the cathedral to forge even stronger links with local schools and youth groups, as well as protecting its rich musical heritage for future generations. We are proud to support The Ripon Big Sing and wish all of the children the very best of luck for their performance.”

The aims of the programme are to promote working together as a community and to give young people opportunities to sing with choirs and to perform at the Cathedral.

Aoife O’Connell, the Singing Development Leader, said: “I am delighted that so many schools have agreed to support the end of term concert. The children will rehearse in the cathedral in the morning and the concert will commence at 1.30pm, giving them the opportunity to celebrate the end of the school year and to showcase their singing.”

A newly formed Youth Choir for young people between the ages of 13 and 18 has also been formed as part of the music outreach programme. It made its debut performance at the recent installation of the Right Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon.