School hits all the right notes

Members of the Kate Sirs School of Music Junior Choir with their certificate
Members of the Kate Sirs School of Music Junior Choir with their certificate

A MUSIC school has five special reasons to be singing from the rooftops after winning five of the six sections its groups entered in a recent competition.

The Kate Sirs School of Music, which is based at the Stranton Centre, in Hartlepool, walked away with a clutch of awards during the Stockton Music and Arts Festival.

As well as two choirs from the school and the Mum’s The Word choir, which is a collective of women who got together after Kate suggested the mothers of her students formed their own group, taking first place in their categories, two individual acts from the choir also picked up the top prize in their sections.

And the infants did not let the side down, they came in second place in their group.

Each section featured four choirs from the Stockton and Middlesbrough area and the Kate Sirs representatives were the only competitors from the town in the competition.

The Kate Sirs Juniors choir came first in the 11 years and under choir category, singing Believe and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, with the infants in second place, beating off competition from older children after delighting all with their renditions of Daisy, Daisy and a song from The Addams Family film.

The Kate Sirs Intermediates choir scooped top prize in the 21 years and under choir category, with their version of The World’s Greatest and Firework, and Mum’s The Word won the adult choir section, singing I Say A Little Prayer and The Rose.

The school also won the best vocal duet for 16 years and under, with Rachel Baines and Caitlin McCann performing Mozart’s Ave Verum.

To top off an excellent set of results, nine-year-old music school student Lydia Peverell came in first in the largest section of the day, Musical Theatre Song aged 13 or under, and also got the highest mark of the day after she sang Naughty from Matilda.

Despite her tender age she beat off competition from 20 other singers, many of whom were older.

Kate said: “We received some hugely positive comments from the adjudicators – my personal favourite, said of the mums’ choir was ‘your final acapella section was simply magical’.

“We were the only representatives from Hartlepool and I think our members did the town proud.

“We have entered the Stockton Festival before and have done well - but this time it was fantastic.

“I’m extremely proud of all of them. They worked so hard and it’s great when it all pays off.”

The festival was established 66 years ago and lasts over three weekends, vocal, instrumental and speech and drama.

The choirs also performed at the winners’ concert, which was a good opportunity for all members to sing together.