On Wednesday 19 July, over 800 children and young people from across Sutton were part of Sutton Music Service’s Summer Celebration at London’s iconic Royal Festival Hall. An appreciative audience of 1600 parents and supporters were treated to an exciting and diverse programme of music, showcasing the talent of Sutton’s young musicians and singers.

The concert featured nearly 600 children and staff from thirteen local primary schools performing as a massed choir under the direction of Emily Murphy, Sutton Music Service’s Senior Leader for Singing and Vocal Development. This included pupils from All Saints Carshalton CE Primary, Barrow Hedges Primary, Brookfield Primary, Cheam Common Junior, Cheam Fields Primary, Cheam Park Farm Primary, Dorchester Primary, High View Primary, Stanley Park Junior, St Dunstan’s CE Primary, St Mary’s Catholic Junior, Tweeddale Primary and Westbourne Primary schools. They were joined on stage by Sutton Young Singers, the borough’s elite choir for 8-13 year olds.

Over 160 talented young musicians from Sutton Youth Symphony Orchestra, Young Musicians Orchestra, Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra and Sutton Youth Symphonic Band performed a wide range of music, with everything from Handel to Guns n’Roses! Many of these talented young musicians will be travelling to Portugal from 24-28 July to perform at the Lisbon International Youth Music Festival, one of only three groups from the United Kingdom to have this honour.

The concert also featured a sixty-piece samba band made up of pupils from High View and Westbourne Primary Schools, led by Sutton Music Hub partners Inspire-Works; and some of Sutton’s finest young rock and pop musicians from ArtsOne Rocks, based at Glenthorne High School, brought the house down with their version of Queen’s We Will Rock You.

Councillor Wendy Mathys, Chair of Sutton Council’s Children, Families and Education Committee, commented ‘It was an  absolutely outstanding concert. I am sure all the children who took part must have found it inspirational and the whole event a lasting memory for them.’

The event, the first of its kind to take place on such a large-scale, was organised by Sutton Music Service, lead partner in the Sutton Music Hub, which is supported using public funds from the Department for Education and Arts Council England. Sutton Music Service is part of Sutton Education Services Ltd, a private company jointly owned by the London Borough of Sutton and local schools.

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