Singing raises cathedral rafters

The year five choir with Stephen Clay (at back) and pianist Ted Comer. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG140612-139TW
The year five choir with Stephen Clay (at back) and pianist Ted Comer. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG140612-139TW

EVERY child in the class found a voice when they had the opportunity to raise the rafters of Lincoln Cathedral with song.

The whole year five group at Southview Primary School, Crowland, was turned into a choir over a period of six weeks before their performance.

Like choirs in the two other local schools taking part, Bourne Abbey Academy and West Pinchbeck Primary, they had a masterclass each week with Lincoln Cathedral chorister outreach animater Stephen Clay.

Southview headteacher Louise Luter said: “This was an absolutely fantastic opportunity for our year fives. They sang the two songs they had prepared on their own in the cathedral – Jericho and a song from Bugsy Malone – and it sounded really beautiful.

“We’ll certainly want to take part again next year with another class, if we can.”

Mr Clay said: “I’ve been doing this outreach work for three years now,with workshops for five school choirs culminating in a concert in the cathedral twice every term.

“All the children respond really well.”