HUNDREDS of young singers provided the entertainment at a magnificent Huddersfield Town Hall concert.
Last night children from 60 schools began the first of three nights of the Kirklees Primary Music Festival.
Among those performing were Golcar Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Brockholes Junior and Infant School and Dryclough Infant School.
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Clare Thomas, headteacher of Brockholes, is also the school’s music co-ordinator. Fifteen of her children performed last night.
She said: “The great thing about the concert is the children have been learning some classic songs, going home to practice and their parents recognise them and get involved.
“This is one of the best concerts to perform in, to be up on that stage and be part of a big group of singers is a brilliant experience.
“They’ve been so excited about it and it’s given them the chance to learn new songs.”
Last night, tonight and tomorrow night the children will sing songs such as Blue Suede Shoes, Thank You For The Music, I’m A Believer, La Bamba and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
Mrs Thomas, who plays piano and trumpet, added: “We are very passionate about singing and music in school, I’ve an equal mix of girls and boys in the choir, which is great.
“Singing gives them an outlet, the chance to sing alone or together with others.
“You can do so much with singing, you can teach the times table, use it in creative writing and then we sing every day in collective worship.”
Thom Meredith, Kirklees Music School principal, was conductor for the concert. Yesterday he led them for a rehearsal, teaching the children what a conductor’s hand gestures mean and leading them as they sang the National Anthem.
Rachel Haley, music co-ordinator for Dryclough Infant School in Crosland Moor, said the concert had allowed the school’s children to learn new songs.
Helen Sutcliffe, of Whitechapel Primary School, Cleckheaton, said her school’s children would perform on all three nights playing recorder.
She said: “The children love singing and music and it has benefits people don’t realise, it helps with concentration, it teaches practice and improvement and it’s something they all enjoy too. Singing also allows people to express themselves and builds confidence – they’ve loved it.”