DRET Primary Music Festival is a ‘real success’

Friday, March 31, 2017

Around 700 pupils from across the David Ross Education Trust’s (DRET) primary academies sang their hearts out at the second annual DRET Primary Music Festivals.

Two concerts were held, one for DRET primary academies in the southern region and another for pupils based in the north, which brought together talented singers to perform in front of their parents, peers and other invited guests.

British tenor and animateur Charles MacDougall conducted both events, accompanied by Justin Miller and Mark Keith on piano.

Pupils performed songs by Nico Muhly and Jonathan Dove, as well as popular classics such as The Circle of Life.

Jamie Healy, Primary Enrichment Coordinator at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “Both nights were a real success – everyone had a smile on their face.

“In particular, The Circle of Life was given the kind of performance that gives you goosebumps!”

Audiences enjoyed performances from a number of special guests including the Malcolm Arnold Academy Choir, Choristers of All Saints’ and St Matthew’s Churches, the Choristers of Grimsby Minster, the University of Hull Chapel Choir and the Choristers of Holy Trinity Hull.

The annual concert is an incredible platform for DRET pupils to experience live performance and help to develop their confidence and skills. The festival is one of many events hosted by the Trust to encourage young people to explore new things and discover their musical talents.

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music at the David Ross Education Trust, commented: “The quality of singing from the pupils was outstanding.

“Many congratulations are due to all the students and to the teachers for their excellent preparation for the event.”

Thanks to everyone at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton and Hull’s City Hall for hosting these fantastic events.