DRET Primary Music Festival is a ‘real success’

Talented pupils from Newnham Primary School sang their hearts out at the second annual David Ross Education Trust (DRET) Primary Music Festival.

The concert, which took place at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton, brought together 350 singers from seven of the Trust’s southern primary academies to perform in a special concert.

British tenor and animateur Charles MacDougall conducted the event, accompanied by Justin Miller on piano.

Pupils performed songs by Nico Muhly and Jonathan Dove, as well as popular classics such as The Circle of Life.

Jamie Healy, Primary Enrichment Coordinator at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “The night was a real success – everyone had a smile on their face.

“In particular, The Circle of Life was given the kind of performance that gives you goosebumps!”

Special guests included the Malcolm Arnold Academy Chapel Choir, performing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and the combined choristers of All Saints’ and St Matthew’s churches, singing music by Parry and Franck.

The audience also witnessed the first public performance from Kings Heath Voices, the newly formed choir, as part of the Kings Heath Singing School Programme.

The annual concert is an incredible platform for DRET pupils to experience live performance and help to develop their confidence and skills. The festival is one of many events hosted by the Trust to encourage young people to explore new things and discover their musical talents.

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music at the David Ross Education Trust, commented: “The quality of singing from the pupils was outstanding.

“Many congratulations are due to all the students and to the teachers for their excellent preparation for the event.”