Youngsters have been on song at the Chester Catholic High School with more than 500 pupils taking part in two singing projects.
Throughout the term, pupils from St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s RC Primary in Hoole, St Theresa's in Blacon, St Clare’s in Lache, St Saviour’s in Ellesmere Port, St Luke’s in Frodsham and The University Cathedral Free School in Chester have been working hard learning new songs for a singing project called Better Together.
More than 300 Year 2 children took part and after just one morning rehearsal, led by St Werburgh’s music teacher Rachael Borman, they sang their hearts out to an audience of family and friends with a repertoire that included songs Ubuntu, Everybody Sing and Better Together.
Rachael has been leading these singing projects for four years with the aim that all children in the primary schools involved will be given a Big Sing Music Project to be involved in each year.
She said: “It was a fantastic, fun day for all taking part and it had been such a pleasure to work with such brilliant children and teachers who had worked so hard at achieving such an amazing sound.”
A further 250 Year 5 children from St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s, St Theresa’s, St Clare’s, St Luke’s and St Winefride’s in Neston along with senior students from the Catholic High School worked together singing and performing songs inspired from music today including Ed Sheeran’s Thinking out Loud and One Republic’s Counting Stars.
The high school’s swing band City Jazz, led by head of music Kevin Tout, accompanied many of the songs such as Happy and Uptown Funk. Then the school choir, led by music teacher Liam Hardwick, serenaded everyone with beautiful harmonies from the Lion King’s He lives in You.
Students then invited families to share in a concert of their work.
Rachael added: “This has been a superb week of music making where students have not only been able to express themselves and perform to an audience but have had the opportunity to socialise with peers from other communities and take inspiration from older children too. These school community projects centred around music provide experiences and opportunities which help children involved to develop emotionally, socially and academically.”