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Manchester Sings 2021

Music is undoubtedly woven into the fabric of Manchester and here at Withington it’s not only part of our curriculum but very much at the heart of the school. Live music has been one of the most missed experiences from the past 18 months and to that end, we are delighted to share the enjoyment of music and song once again at Manchester Sings.

First taking place in December 2019, the initiative brings together children from across Greater Manchester to perform as a massed choir. This year, eight schools will showcase their musical talents before friends, family and members of their school community, at Manchester Cathedral in recognition of just how powerful music can be in so many ways – helping to bring people together; breaking down barriers; building confidence and engendering a real sense of community.

WGS Choir

The participating primary school choirs have had a busy Autumn term, rehearsing with WGS Director of Music, Mrs Gilly Sargent, who has visited the schools each fortnight. The children took part in extra practices with their own music teachers and their singing could be heard loud and proud in the school hallways. Our own pupils perform alongside the primary school children, providing the harmonies which bring the voices all together, and have been practising since the summer term. The most exciting aspect of this project is that the first time the choirs perform together is at the event itself. It is a wonderful, heart-warming occasion that is much enjoyed by the children who participate.

St Luke’s

New Islington

St Kentigern’s

We can all recognise that children have been affected by the pandemic in so many ways and Manchester Sings is an opportunity for celebration and joy. The children from our partner schools, benefit so much from this experience. Not only do they learn about music and develop new skills, but they also grow in confidence and self-belief which will aid them far beyond Manchester Sings.

The participating schools are New Islington Free School, St Kentigern’s RC Primary, St Luke’s CofE Primary (Bury), Wilbraham Primary, Whitefield Community Primary, Broadfield Primary (Oldham) and St Margaret’s CofE School.

St Margaret’s

Whitefield Community School

Wilbraham Primary

The event will reflect on the importance of community and celebrate how communities came together to support each other during the pandemic and continue to do so. The event is also raising money for local charities, The Booth Centre and Wood Street Mission. Beaverbrooks The Jewellers is the sponsor of Manchester Sings.