Singing for joy at choral workshop

Pupils perform at Bradford Cathedral at the end of Hipperholme Grammar School's choral workshop
Pupils perform at Bradford Cathedral at the end of Hipperholme Grammar School's choral workshop

Hipperholme Grammar School and Bradford Cathedral opened their doors to more than 100 children and staff from 18 different primary schools at its second annual choral workshop.

The joint project between the school and the cathedral was aimed at children in Years three to five and concluded with a performance for parents.

Alex Woodrow, director of music at Bradford Cathedral, and Joan Zarneh, Hipperholme Grammar Junior School’s music teacher, both led groups in a programme including singing in rounds, learning a mini anthem and singing a hymn and chant in Latin.

As well as learning singing techniques, the children also learned what it is like to sing in a cathedral choir.

After lunch, the groups joined together to perfect their interpretation of “Sing”, composed by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber, before heading to Bradford Cathedral for the big performance.

The children performed the pieces they had learned during the day and there were solo performances by Emilia Cooper and Lia Brehmer, who are both cathedral choristers and choral scholars at the school.

The event was well supported by staff from several other schools including Cragg Vale, Christ Church in Pellon, Withinfields, Luddenden CE, Sowerby Bridge and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School.

Mr Woodrow said: “It was an excellent day with a really good take-up and loads of positivity.

“There was much to celebrate.”

One parent said: “Our daughters both had an amazing day filled with new experiences, and to end the day singing in the cathedral was magnificent.”

Hipperholme Grammar School offers a choral scholarship to pupils joining the senior school in Year seven.

For more information, contact Sue Oliver on 01422 202256.