Youngsters’ arts festival

The Academy at Shotton Hall band performing on stage during the Cultural Event. Picture by FRANK REID
The Academy at Shotton Hall band performing on stage during the Cultural Event. Picture by FRANK REID

HUNDREDS of children descended on a brand-new school campus to take part in an extravaganza of music, song and dance.

The Academy at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee, played host to an annual cultural heritage community festival which brought together people from across east Durham to take part in a cross-section of the arts.

Highlights included steel drumming, pop bands, drama monologues, musical theatre songs, dance routines and community choirs.

More than 400 pupils, involving students from Shotton Hall, as well as youngsters from Shotton Hall Junior School, Acre Rigg Junior School, Howletch Lane Primary School, all in Peterlee, Hutton Henry Church of England Primary School, Hesleden Primary School and South Hetton Primary School took part in the event.

It was held in the new amphitheatre at the school, which recently underwent a multi-million-pound revamp under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Kathryn Harrop, community arts co-ordinator at Shotton Hall, said: “The event brings people together of all ages and celebrates their participation in the arts.

“The programme consisted of steel drumming, pop bands, drama monologues, musical theatre song and dance routines, community choirs, a school choir which regularly performs at national choir festivals, primary and secondary school orchestras and wind band performances.

“There were also violin groups, soloists, gymnastics and cheerleading, hip hop, ballet and contemporary dance performances.

“The festival also featured a dance group from the Academy, who won first price in a dance contest in France.

“The hall was filled with positivity, laughter and excitement for the arts.”