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                                                                                                                                      Choirs united
 One of the events in the Durham Vocal Festival featured The Chapel Choir from Barnard Castle School, County Durham, which joined the choir of Cundall Manor School, North Yorkshire, to sing choral evensong at Durham Cathedral.
The choirs performed before
a host of invited guests, and dignitaries including the Lord- Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowdon, Wing Commander Josh Fortune of RAF Leeming, Mayor of Durham Cllr Bill Kellett, the mayor’s consort Jean Chaplow and Mayor of Barnard Castle Coun Sandra Moorhouse.
The joint choir numbered more than 70 voices and performed under the direction of Barnard Castle School’s director of music Simon Dearsley and organist Dr Robin Harrison.
The festival event continues
the busy recital schedule of the Chapel Choir of Barnard Castle School, which has seen them performing extensively in venues throughout Teesdale, County Durham and North Yorkshire.
The 40 strong choir has also travelled to cathedrals as far a eld as London while also singing regularly within the school’s own chapel.
Barnard Castle School headmaster Tony Jackson said: “The Chapel Choir of Barnard Castle School was delighted to
be singing choral evensong at Durham Cathedral once again this year. The Durham Vocal Festival celebrates the  nest vocal music with singers from just around the corner, across
the country and overseas and it
is a wonderful opportunity for
us to join together with Cundall Manor School choir to display
the incredible talent that we have within our schools.”
1001 nights
Bromsgrove Preparatory School has staged its  rst production on the stage of the School’s brand new Cobham Theatre.
The Tales from The Thousand and One Nights is a selection of stories that range from the profound to the comic.
Charlie Woollhead, Head of Drama said “It was a really joyous
experience. We set out to  ll this new space with life and stories,
a task that we have achieved.
The young performers delighted audiences each time they took
to the stage, without exception. It is extremely heartening to see young people grasp the challenge of storytelling of this nature and come away successful”.
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     Pictured: Barnard Castle School chorister Matthew Forster, 14, of Man eld, near Richmond
Festival of music
 Musicians at Bolton School Junior Girls’ School performed at the annual Music Festival playing
on a wide range of instruments that included the piano, ukulele, double bass, saxophone, drums and electric guitar. An Ensembles
Class brought the Music Festival to a close. Every year group had the opportunity to be part of the audience throughout the two-day event and parents and family members were invited to come along and watch as well.
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