Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Schoolchildren sing big for Seacroft

The biggest choir in Seacroft’s history takes to the stage for one day only this week.

Children from 10 primary school choirs across east Leeds will join forces on Friday (1 April) to take part in Big Sing for Seacroft - the only catch is the children have never even met before, never mind sung together.

Around 200 children will join forces at Beechwood Primary School to learn and perform songs they have never sung before together.

Four inspiring teachers, including a gospel choir specialist will each teach a song to the pupils in the morning before a performance, in front of an audience made up of members of the local community, parents, a local MP and a councillor, in the afternoon.

Organised by the East Leeds Music Centre, ‘Big Sing for Seacroft’ hopes to promote community choirs in the area, as well as to give the pupils involved a challenging but exciting experience.

Organiser Alex Wibrew, head of the East Leeds Music Centre says:
“We know that music is a fantastic way of bringing people and communities together but I am nervous because this is such a huge challenge for the pupils involved. However, thinking about the sound of 200 singing voices belting out these songs is giving me goosebumps already”

The East Leeds Music Centre is run by Leeds City Council’s education music and arts service Artforms, and is held at Parklands Girls High School, Seacroft on Saturday mornings. It runs music lessons and ensembles for the whole community. For more information about opportunities at the music centre contact Alex Wibrew 07545 603956.

The schools taking part in the Big Sing are:
Corpus Christi primary
Fieldhead Carr primary
Grange Farm primary
Whinmoor St Paul’s
Beechwood primary
Parklands primary
Richmond Hill primary
Meadowfields primary
Seacroft Grange primary
Grimesdyke primary

Members of the media are welcome to attend at 2pm for photos of rehearsals or 3pm for the performance. Please contact Alex Wibrew (07545 603956) or the press office to arrange.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk