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Schools come together for special Christmas concert

Published on 16/12/15

More than 200 children from Inspiration Trust schools have performed at a special Christmas concert at Norwich Cathedral.

The event brought together pupils from the Trust's 11 schools, including children from Cromer, Thetford, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, and Norwich, on Monday, December 14.

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The programme included a mix of modern and traditional music, including pieces performed by a specially-convened senior choir, junior choir and orchestra - uniting children from each of the schools to perform together.

The concert opened with a candlelit procession to In The Bleak Midwinter, and closed with the audience joining the senior choir with a rendition of White Christmas.

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There were solo performances by trumpeter Ashley Cook from East Point Academy, pianist Daniel Collins from Thetford Academy, and clarinetist Lyndsey Doring from Hethersett Academy.

There was also pieces by the Norwich Primary Academy Orchestra, the Jane Austen Ukulele Band, the Hethersett Academy String Ensemble, the cast of Jane Austen College's production of The Sound of Music - and even a staff choir.

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Trust sponsor and chairman Sir Theodore Agnew introduced the concert, and explained how music was key to the Trust, and was a great example of how pupils could take control of their own destiny, whatever their background.

Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "Education is not just about what we learn in the classroom, but it is also about introducing our young people to culture and community in its many forms."

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"Coming together in a choir or an orchestra is all about teamwork, and melding our individual unique talents to create something we couldn't achieve on our own."

"This was a magical concert and a real tribute to the talent across our schools."