Outstanding events showcase Trust’s primary musical talent

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pupils from the David Ross Education Trust’s academies showcase music talent at 4th annual Primary Music Festival in Northampton and Hull

As part of the David Ross Education Trust’s award winning enrichment programme, 900 students from across its 21 primary schools performed in its annual Primary Music Festival. The celebration events were held at Royal and Derngate for Northamptonshire and Leicestershire schools; and Hull City Hall for Yorkshire and Humber schools.

With each school preparing a year group and their school choir for the event, a massed choir at each event was assembled to work with leading conductor Charles MacDougall and accompanied by Justin Miller, Director of Music at St Matthew’s Church Northampton and Mark Keith, Director of Music and Organist of Hull Minster. The choir’s repertoire included folk songs from around the world as well as new compositions by Jonathan Dove, Nico Muhly and Errolyn Warren, and finished with a rousing rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Students performed to full houses attended by proud parents and carers. For some of the children, it was their first performance in front of such a big audience.

Simon Toyne, Executive Music Director at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “Our annual Primary Music Festival is a celebration of musical achievement, with all of our students having the opportunity to perform at a major venues, as part of their education. Music is at the heart of our Trust’s broad and balanced curriculum because we know it builds confidence, team-work and dedication at such as young age. The quality of the singing on show was truly impressive, with our pupils singing with a large range, in a variety of styles, and in four parts.”

“Our award-winning music programme is only possible because of the generosity of our donors whose involvement allows us to create meaningful and powerful experiences such as our annual Music Festivals, all of which form an important part of our students’ development.  If local businesses and charities are interested in supporting our programme, we would be only too delighted to show how they can help make a difference to thousands of young people’s lives.”