Pupils show off their musical talents at festival

Schools from across South Tyneside take part in a singing showcase at the Customs House, The event has been running for more than 40 years.
Schools from across South Tyneside take part in a singing showcase at the Customs House, The event has been running for more than 40 years.

PUPILS from South Tyneside hit all the right notes when they took to the stage to show off their vocal talents.

Hundreds of youngsters belted out songs they had been rehearsing as part of the South Tyneside Primary School Music Festival.

Schools from across South Tyneside take part in a singing showcase at the Customs House, The event has been running for more than 40 years.

Schools from across South Tyneside take part in a singing showcase at the Customs House, The event has been running for more than 40 years.

The event has been showcasing the talents of pupils for more than 40 years and is led by the former headteacher at St Oswald’s Primary School, Mike Falcus.

The show, held over three days with both afternoon and evening performances, saw youngsters from the borough’s primary schools sing songs linked to characters from the Bible including the story of Samson and Joseph.

Pupils from South Tyneside’s Infant schools performed songs composed especially for the event by South Shields musician Andrew Richardson based on the Aesop fable of the wind and the sun.

Mr Falcos said: “The music event has been going on for more than 40 years now and is always well-attended.

All the young people enjoy taking part in the event. It truly is amazing to see the pupils performing.

“It started out with schools from Jarrow and Hebburn but expanded to become the South Tyneside Primary School Music Festival which for the past 15 years has been held at the Customs House.

“All the young people enjoy taking part in the event. It truly is amazing to see the pupils performing. In rehearsals there are always a lot of nerves and mistakes are made, but when it comes to the show they really pull out all the stops.

“It’s just amazing when it all comes together.”

The opening show was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside Coun Fay Cunningham and Stella Matthewson.

Schools from across South Tyneside take part in a singing showcase at the Customs House, The event has been running for more than 40 years.

Schools from across South Tyneside take part in a singing showcase at the Customs House, The event has been running for more than 40 years.

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Schools from across South Tyneside take part in a singing showcase at the Customs House, The event has been running for more than 40 years.

Schools from across South Tyneside take part in a singing showcase at the Customs House, The event has been running for more than 40 years.