Ribble Valley children take part in a celebration of singing

The winning choir from St Michael and St John's RC Primary School, Clitheroe. (s)
The winning choir from St Michael and St John's RC Primary School, Clitheroe. (s)
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Almost 300 children from nine primary schools in Clitheroe, Blackburn and Preston took part in a “Celebration of Singing” day at Stonyhurst College.

Rehearsals were led by Stonyhurst’s director of music, Martyn Marshall, who taught the children a variety of songs.

Participating schools were also invited to perform their own song, as part of a singing competition.

At the end of an excellent day’s singing, the children gave a concert in Stonyhurst’s St Peter’s Church for their parents, performing the pieces they had worked so hard to learn.

The music ranged from “Can you feel the love tonight” from the Lion King, and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story, to “Deo Gratias” by Sally Albrecht and “Gonna Rise Up Singin’” by Don Besig. The winning choirs also performed their songs: children from St Michael and St John’s, Clitheroe, came first, with Abba’s “Mama Mia”. St Bernard’s Catholic Primary School, Preston, came second, with “Year of Mercy Song” by Andy Severyn, and St Wulstan’s Catholic Primary School, Great Harwood, came third, with “Stitches”, by Shawn Mendes.

As well as singing, this very special day included an introduction to Stonyhurst’s historic collections, by the college curator, Jan Graffius. Mrs Graffius showed the children a range of artefacts, including mummified crocodiles, an original manuscript of Mozart’s Requiem and (to the children’s great amusement) fossilised dinosaur dung!

The director of music, Martyn Marshall, said: “What was evident at this event was a high standard of singing from all the children and the fact that they were overflowing with enjoyment. This was a hugely successful day for all involved and will definitely happen again. Watch this space!”