Young musicians perform in Harrogate

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A total of 150 musicians and singers from 11 different schools performed a concert at Ashville College in Harrogate on the Headmasters & Headmistresses Conference (HMC) Music Day.

The participating schools this year were The Grammar School at Leeds, Bronte House, Bradford; Coram House, Ackworth; Hymers College, Hull; Lyndhurst School, Pocklington; RGS Newcastle, Silcoates School, Wakefield; Barlborough Hall School, Derbyshire; and St Olave’s School and Bootham, both York;

The pupils were split into three groups – woodwind, strings and choral – where they practiced the individual songs and tunes they would perform later the same day to parents, peers and teachers.

Renditions the audience were treated to included the James Bond and Star Wars themes, a 12-bar string blues, Abba’s Super Trouper and the Oliver classic, Consider Yourself.

Jonathan Dolman, Ashville Junior School Headmaster, said: “Once again we were extremely proud to have hosted the HMC music day.

“This year 150 children from ten schools spent the day working together to perform a concert in a single day.

“The Music Day teaches the participants a number of valuable lessons, including team work and working to a deadline. It is a wonderful exercise in cross-school co-operation.

“The final reward for those taking part was the satisfaction of playing to a full house and knowing they had taken part in something very special.”