Children of Tameside unite in song

Date Released - 24/05/2017

A POWERFUL performance involving 200 Tameside pupils taking part in a singing challenge yesterday (Tuesday 23 May) was dedicated to the victims of the explosion at the Manchester Arena.

Pupils from Dowson and Millbrook primary schools gathered at Stamford Park to perform ‘Go to the Park’ live in unison with schools from around Greater Manchester.

They were uniting in song with schools from around Greater Manchester in a specially commissioned song written by Out of the Ark Music which celebrates parks and open spaces.  The song encourages children to think about all the different fun activities they can participate in at the park, as well as reminding them of the changing seasons and of the wildlife they may see there.

Before the performance the pupils held a short silence to remember those affected by the tragic events on the previous evening.

The event was organised and co-ordinated by Tameside Music Service, which provides a range of musical opportunities for children and young people in educational settings.

Lead Vocal Tutor Caroline Ratcliff said: “We are proud to be a part of an annual event which champions the health benefits of singing as well as a strong sense of community. Music is a unifying activity and the children held a short silence to remember the victims and their families – who are all in our thoughts and prayers. “

“The performance lifted the spirits and hearts of everyone within earshot of the park – it was a very special experience for everyone involved.”

This Singing Challenge has been established as an annual event by the Greater Manchester Music Hub (GM Hub). The partnership aims to enable all children, including the most vulnerable, to enjoy high quality music making which promotes self-confidence, ambition and achievement.

For more information about Tameside Music Service please email or phone 0161 882 9548.


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