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Proud parents enjoy performances from infants at Blackburn with Darwen concert

Lancashire Telegraph: Infant singers from across Blackburn and Darwen take part in the Mini Sing Infant singers from across Blackburn and Darwen take part in the Mini Sing

KING George’s Hall was filled with the sound of 400 young voices singing in harmony last night for the Mini Sing.

Organised by Blackburn with Darwen Music Service, the concert, in its third year, brings together infants from schools across the borough to perform as a massed choir.

The little songsters filled the majestic venue with music for an hour, performing renditions of popular tunes for their proud parents.

More than a dozen schools took part, including St Anne’s, Meadowhead Infants, St Mary and St Joseph’s, Belmont, Longshaw Infants, and Cedars.

They were also joined by Shadsworth Infants, St Peter’s RC, Feniscowles, St Albans, Lammack, Sacred Heart, St Barnabas and St Paul’s, Wensley Fold, Avondale, and Roe Lee.

For many of the children, it was their first opportunity to perform in such a big – and grand – venue.

Organiser, and lead vocal coach for Blackburn with Darwen Music Service, Louisa Watson said: “We brought infant children together from various schools in the borough.

“They had been practicing at school for three months with their class teachers. We sent the music out, and they learnt the songs. We did a workshop in the morning where we rehearsed the songs, ready to put on.”

The youngsters had even learned hand actions to accompany the melodies, which included Do Re Mi from The Sound Of Music and Consider Yourself from Oliver.

The audience consisted of parents, headteachers, councillors, the new Blackburn mayor Alan Cottam, and the public.

Tickets to the show were the hottest in town, and seats were almost sold out half an hour before curtain up.

Tonight junior children from across the borough will again fill the hall with song, as they stage their version of the concert, the Big Sing.

The show will begin at 7pm, and tickets are available from King George’s Hall.

Secondary school pupils are also taking part. Last night, singers from DACA performed a trio of hits, and students from Witton Park High School showcased songs from Bugsy Malone.

Louisa said: “For children, it gives them the chance to perform in such a big venue.

“They get to learn new songs, and get used to singing with other children, as an ensemble.

“For the parents, they’re so proud to see their children up there.”

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