Young singers pull out the stops for 10th Big Christmas Sing

Oxford Town Hall resounded to choirs from 39 schools last week as they combined to present four sparkling nights of entertainment in the 10th Christmas Big Sing.

The concerts, organised by Oxfordshire County Music Service in partnership with Oxfordshire schools and Christian Aid, raised a mighty £4,000 for the charity, bringing the total contribution over the last decade to more than £20,000.

In front of packed crowds of family and friends, each school not only rehearsed a song of their own to perform, but also united to sing together. As ever, the audience got in on the act singing along to popular carols.

Popular concerts

The concerts have grown in popularity since 2008, and the large number of schools taking part this year meant the event had to be stretched over four performances for the first time. Also included this year for the first time was a rock band to accompany the schools.

Angela Turton, Head of the Oxfordshire County Music Service and musical director of the concerts, said: “Schools are to be congratulated on the dedicated work they have put into these performances. We enjoyed four nights of uplifting singing and hopefully these concerts look set to continue for another 10 years.”