City Sings returns for its 11th year

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The Empire theatre will play host to the 11th annual City Sings competition on Sunday

Sunderland based school choirs will take to the stage on March 16 and compete against each other for the title. The competition is assessed every year by a panel of judges, which this year is chaired by television presenter and author John Grundy.

Various themes have been explored over the history of the event and this year, choirs will perform 1960’s retro hits.

Last year’s theme was Disney and East Herrington Primary Academy Choir won the overall competition with their versions of Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Dig a Little Deeper.

Nicola Hair is the Subject Leader for Music at East Herrington and she explained the benefits of last year’s victory.

Ms Hair said: “The overall winner receives the cup and the children went to see Cats last year at The Empire.”

“We [the choir] went to the Birmingham Symphony Hall and sang at the National Music Festival.”

The school itself was also rewarded with funding that they reinvested in the choir.

Sunderland Live event organiser, Nicola Iley said: “The event is sold out every year and fills the capacity of the Sunderland Empire.”

“There are 12 local schools that take part and these are a mix of both secondary and primary schools.”

The 12 schools taking part this year are: Newbottle Primary School, Washington School, St. Anthony’s Academy, J F Kennedy Primary, St. Cuthberts Primary, East Herrington Primary Academy, Hetton Lyons Primary, Farringdon Community Academy, Castletown Primary, Red House Academy, Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary and Southmoor Academy.

City Sings is one of the biggest music events in the region and the Empire Theatre is likely to be packed come Sunday evening.

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