Ripon Cathedral's Big Sing event is huge success with local children

Ripon Cathedral came alive with activity and excitement on Wednesday 4th July as hundreds of school children gathered to take part in The Big Sing, made possible by a grant from Allchurches Trust.

As part of the cathedral’s musical outreach and community programme, 350 local school children performed in the Cathedral.

The music programme included Together we can change the world performed by Fountains Abbey C of E Primary School, and Drunken Sailor performed by Ripon Cathedral Primary School. The Ripon Cathedral’s own Choristers also performed, accompanied by the Organ Scholar Alana Brooks. All 350 school children then came together to sing for the final song ‘Believe’.

Aoife O’Connell, the Singing Development Leader said “Today was the first time the children have performed the final song altogether, with just one rehearsal this morning, they got to sing it together once and their performance this afternoon was even better! There is such an overwhelming feeling of positivity hearing so many children singing together. We hope this is the first of many of The Big Sing concerts.”

The outreach programme commenced in September 2017 with the generous support of a grant from the Allchurches Trust. The programme provides free weekly singing sessions in local schools for boy and girls to enhance their musical education, promote togetherness, and build confidence through singing in a fun and engaging way.

James Laing, Director of Grants and Relationships at Allchurches Trust, said: “It was fantastic to hear the children’s voices fill the cathedral at The Big Sing and we’re proud to have supported such a successful and enjoyable event. The grant we provided for Ripon Cathedral’s music outreach 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. I am sure it will continue to go from strength to strength.”

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

A newly formed Youth Choir for young people between the ages of 13 and 18 has also been formed and made its debut performance at the recent installation of the Right Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley, Bishop of Ripon. The Youth Choir rehearse weekly during term time. For more information, visit http://riponcathedral.info/music-outreach/

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