Youngsters to sing out for community
Pupils from five Ilkeston schools will be part of a first ‘feelgood’ Singathon in the town’s award-winning Victoria Park, giving the chance for the young people to connect through the power of music on the newly restored bandstand.
The magical morning that will see the school choirs perform for the local community will be on Wednesday 29 November between 10.45am and 11.45am and is the first event of its kind in the park – while they will all join together to perform the premiere of a newly-written ‘Song for Derbyshire’.
The school choirs from Dallimore, Granby and Chaucer primary schools, Cotmanhay junior school and Ormiston Academy will each sing their own winter and Christmas songs before the new song is performed, which has charming words about the county and an inspiring message that children should be ‘the best they can be’.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This will be a wonderful event, hearing the sound of our school choirs singing some seasonal songs – and what better setting than on the stunning Victorian bandstand in this lovely park. A finale of all five choirs performing the Song for Derbyshire is certain to be very moving and a memorable moment.”
Community Ranger Helen Mitchem, who continues to organise a whole range of activities in the park for local residents, has organised the event. The children’s families, local residents and park visitors are all welcome to listen to the voices of the choirs, which will be heard across the park and will signal the start of the festive period.
The event will be another landmark for Victoria Park, which has recently seen all its key features restored thanks to a £740,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.