Schoolchildren bring the sound of music to Alnwick Garden

More than 200 children from 14 north Northumberland schools joined together for a musical extravaganza at The Alnwick Garden today.

Music Partnership North and The Alnwick Garden created a collaborative event called Musical Roots which was held in front of the Grand Cascade to recognise the musical education system and talent across the county.

Swansfield Park First School pupils were blowing their own trumpets at The Alnwick Garden event. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Swansfield Park First School pupils were blowing their own trumpets at The Alnwick Garden event. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and Superwoman were on hand to award limited edition Musical Roots Badges to all the children to commend their super skills.

Singing and a variety of musical instruments were played including accordions, violins and trumpets.

Schools attending were Barndale House; Ellingham First School; Felton First School; Branton First School; Shilbottle First School; Lindisfarne Middle School; St Michael’s First School; Whittingham First School; St Paul’s Middle School; Longhoughton First School; Swarland First School; Dukes Middle School; Swansfield Park First School; and St Paul’s First School.

Nicola Davidson, from The Alnwick Garden, said: “The atmosphere in The Garden was electric and seeing the fountains accompanied by so many musically-talented schoolchildren was simply magical. We were so honoured to host these inspiring young performers at The Alnwick Garden today.”

Clarinetists from the Duke's Middle School. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Clarinetists from the Duke's Middle School. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Richard Johnstone, of Music Partnership North, said: “Music Partnership North is committed to enriching the lives of all children and young people through engagement and participation in quality music activities, enabling progression to excellence through a variety of musical pathways. Music transcends all ages and abilities and to see all the children creating such joy along within the beauty of The Garden was a wonderful experience.”

St Paul's RC First School pupils perform. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

St Paul's RC First School pupils perform. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

St Paul's Middle School ceilidh band. Picture by Jane Coltman

St Paul's Middle School ceilidh band. Picture by Jane Coltman

Students from the Dukes Middle School.' Picture by Jane Coltman

Students from the Dukes Middle School.' Picture by Jane Coltman

St Paul's Middle School ceilidh band. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

St Paul's Middle School ceilidh band. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Pupils from Branton First School joined forces with some superheroes who were on hand to promote the event. 'Picture by Jane Coltman

Pupils from Branton First School joined forces with some superheroes who were on hand to promote the event. 'Picture by Jane Coltman