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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Cumbria pupils take to the stage in first of two mass concerts

PRIMARY school children from across Furness were in fine voice for the first of two concerts.

Furness Voices is a collaboration between 11 primary schools and Cumbria Music Service, part of Cumbria Music Hub.

Last night children from six primary schools took to the stage at The Forum, in Barrow, to showcase their talent for singing.

First on stage was Ormsgill Primary performing an upbeat rendition of Electricity from the Billy Elliot musical, followed by Roose Primary with their toe-tapping version of I Want You Back by the Jackson Five.

George Romney Juniors and Newbarns Primary also impressed with their performances of The Water is Wide and Musical Memories.

The audience were also very appreciative of the young performers from Dalton St Mary’s Primary and St Columba’s Catholic Primary who gave renditions of Lord I Pray and Ave Verum. All schools performed Roald Dahl’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears together.

Heather Kilburn, head girl at Ormsgill School, read the part of Goldilocks.

The 10-year-old said: “Furness Voices is amazing. It’s a very good show and we enjoying singing on the stage. It is nice that the show involves lots of schools.”

Next week, Yarlside Primary, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary, South Walney Juniors, Cambridge Primary, Greengate Juniors will take to the stage, alongside Ormsgill Primary.

The collaborative event was the suggestion of Paul Fussell, the headteacher of Ormsgill Primary, and the project is led by Emma Richardson, head of music at Dowdales School.

Mr Fussell said: “We wanted to get children engaged in music. Music is all about performance and it’s not very often that they get to perform at a venue of this size.”

lSee more from the Furness Voices performers in the vox pop on page 22. And for more pictures, visit nwemail.co.uk

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