Hundreds of pupils from across Wolverhampton braved the inclement weather to put on a spectacular show in Queen Square.

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Around 500 children from 17 primary schools took part in the free concert this lunchtime (Tuesday), performing songs in a wide range of styles and traditions including, appropriately, Singing in the Rain.

They also debuted a new song about Wolverhampton composed especially for the occasion, and started and finished the performance with a verse from the National Anthem in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

Tuesday's performance marked the culmination of a six-month project organised and delivered by Wolverhampton Music Service and Wolverhampton Music Education Hub. It saw teachers from schools around Wolverhampton take part in regular workshops at the Music Service where they learned songs which they could subsequently teach in their own schools.

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "Music is an important part of a young person's education, and our Music Service provides quality teaching for children and young people across Wolverhampton. This was an excellent opportunity for the pupils to show off their talents."

Wolverhampton Music Service provides tuition and musical opportunities for youngsters from schools across the city, including the chance to perform with its flagship groups, Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra and Wolverhampton Youth Wind Orchestra. To find out more, please visit Type=links;Linkid=7291;Title=Wolverhampton Music School;Target=_blank;.

View a short short clip from today's performance.

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  • released: Tuesday 14 June, 2016