Little Brid is singing

Children at Bay Primary School are singing up for Bridlington

Children at Bay Primary School are singing up for Bridlington

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MORE than 400 children and teachers will be singing up for Bridlington at a special event at the town’s Spa next week.

Children from Bridlington and across the East Riding will raise their voices together in a spectacular singing event called Little Brid Sing! held inthe Spa Royal Hall on Wednesday at 10.30am.

Little Brid Sing! is one of the culminating events of Sing Up Bridlington!, a two-year residency programme spearheaded by Opera North, which aims to improve the cultural life of the local Bridlington community.

The 400 pupils and teachers are from eight East Riding primary schools which have all been trained by singing coaches from Opera North – including Bay Primary, Quay Primary, Martongate and New Pasture Lane Schools in Bridlington.

Helen Mahoney, education manager at Opera North, has been helping children at Bay Primary School – which has been used as a hub school throughout the Opera North residency – rehearse for the event,

Helen said: “The children are very excited to be going along and performing in the Royal Hall at the Spa, as it is such a big stage.

“It is a great way for kids from all the schools to get together and use singing as a way to bond and get to know each other.

“There will be around 100 children from years one and two, aged five to seven, and it is also the first time we have done such a large event for children of this age.

“It’s such a big event and everyone involved is looking forward to getting started.”

Around 60 children aged six and seven will be attending from Martongate Primary School.

Helen Gee, assistant headteacher at Martongate Primary, said the the entire Sing up Bridlington! residency programme had been a great success, with children from the junior school also taking part in the Big Brid Sing! event at the Spa last summer.

She said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for the children of Bridlington to be united in song.

“The children have been rehearsing really hard and can’t wait to go along and take part.”

Children from Quay Primary School will also be taking part in the event, along with their appearance as the only local junior school competing in this week’s Rock Challenge event, also held at the Spa.

The youngsters from all the schools, aged between five and seven, will sing and perform actions to five children’s songs – including Riding In My Car and A Bicycle Made For Two.

The event is the first time the children will sing as a group, introduced and led by Opera North singing coaches Lea Cornthwaite and Emily Smith.

The event is open to the public and tickets, priced at £3, are available from the Spa box office, on 01262 678258, email spaboxoffice@eastriding.gov.uk or visit www.thespabridlington.com.

Funded by Sing Up!, the national singing campaign, the project has reached over 1,000 individuals of all ages since it launched in September 2009.

It will finish in July 2011 with a performance of a new community opera commissioned by Opera North, written especially for Bridlington by playwright Lee Hall, famous for writing the screenplay for the film Billy Elliot.

Helen Mahoney at Opera North said: “The rehearsals are already underway for the community opera to take place this July, which we are hoping will be a massive success.

“The show will feature around 400 people of all ages, and we already have performers from the Bridlington Community Chorus, Boys of Bridlington Choir, Bridlington Youth Chorus and mums from Bridlington Childrens Centre, but we are always looking for more people to get involved and take part.”

To volunteer to take part in the community opera, or for more information, contact Opera North on 0113 2233520 or e-mail education@operanorth.co.uk.