Outreach project sees Oxfordshire pupils shine in cathedral concert

Primary school pupils united to take centre stage in a concert at Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral.

St Gregory the Great Primary School, Oxford, East Oxford Primary School, Rose Hill Primary School and Tyndale Community School, Oxford, joined with the Christ Church Cathedral Choristers.

They were singing as part of an Outreach project involving Christ Church Cathedral School, the Oxfordshire County Music Service and sponsor Oxford Orpheos.

Outreach began as part of the government Sing Up campaign more than 10 years ago. When funding was withdrawn, Christ Church Cathedral School undertook to keep the project going.

More than 50 local schools have now been involved in the project, which aims to encourage singing in primary schools as well as providing training for music teachers.

Jonathan Cox, senior manager for Oxfordshire County Music Service, said: “This is a wonderful project which really benefits the pupils and staff at schools.

“It is a great pleasure to work in partnership with Christ Church Cathedral School and we thank them and Oxford Orpheos for their ongoing support.

“We welcome two new schools to the project after Christmas and there are two more concerts during the academic year.”

Oxfordshire County Council’s Music Service epitomises the council’s vision for thriving people and communities and as a traded service, supported by the county council, its funding is derived from income and grants including from Arts Council England.

The Music Service supports 8,000 children each week and offers activities across a broad range of music genres – including three county orchestras, choirs, ensembles for specialist instruments, Early and Baroque music, junior and senior rock schools, music technology, songwriting clubs, Stringbabies classes for preschool and Reception children, a Dixieland jazz ensemble and four highly-successful Big Bands.