Yarm School marked the official opening of its prestigious new £3m Music School with a community singing experience, led by one of the country’s foremost composers and choral conductors, Will Todd.
The event was an opportunity for singers of all ages, abilities and experience to come together under Will Todd’s charismatic leadership to celebrate the fantastic facility.
Following an afternoon of rehearsals and workshops, Will Todd conducted a massed performance in the Lecture Theatre which marked the official opening of the music school. In total 140 singers performed in front of an appreciative audience.
Schola Cantorum, singers from Yarm School and Tees Valley Youth Choir concluded the celebrations with an evening performance in the school’s Princess Alexandra Auditorium.
Schola Cantorum of Oxford is one of the longest established and most widely known chamber choirs in the UK. The choir has developed a noteworthy international reputation, having given concerts in Argentina, China, France, Italy, Israel, Malta, Spain and most recently Mexico.
The music school further enhances Yarm School’s already strong reputation for the performing arts. The school houses specialist music classrooms, 10 instrumental tuition rooms, a drumming suite and a high-tech recording studio. In addition, there is a 140-seat lecture theatre with cutting-edge designed retractable seating, making it a truly flexible performance venue.
David Dunn, Yarm School headmaster, said: “We had a wonderful day, with pupils, the design and construction team, including Wharton Construction from Darlington and the wider community coming together to official open this fantastic Music School, of which we are very proud.
“To have someone of the calibre of Will Todd visit and conduct such an exciting day of singing was a real treat and it was a wonderful way to celebrate our wonderful music school’s formal opening.”