Hull City Hall is filled with song at the David Ross Education Trust Primary Music Festival

Over 350 primary pupils from the David Ross Education Trust's seven northern academies sang their hearts out at the annual Primary Music Festival, held at Hull City Hall, with thanks to the support of the Trust's Inspiration Fund and Aldeburgh Music.

The concert saw singers from Hull’s Ainthorpe Primary SchoolEndike Academy and Wold Academy, Grimsby’s Edward Heneage Primary Academy and Fairfield Academy, Bridlington’s Quay Academy and Scarborough’s Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy take to the stage and perform in front of their parents, family members and special guests from the local community.

As part of the event, pupils performed songs from Aldeburgh Music’s ‘Friday Afternoons’ songbook by Jonathan Dove and Luke Styles, as well as classics from across the ages including Handel’s Zadok the Priest and We Are The World by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, accompanied by the great organ of Hull City Hall.

Spectators also enjoyed a number of stand-out performances from special guests including the Choir of Grimsby Minster, the Choir of Hull Minster and the University of Hull Chapel Choir, as well as the first performance from Edward Heneage Voices, the Trust’s first Singing School in the northern region.

British tenor, choral animateur and vocal coach Charles MacDougall conducted the event, accompanied by Mark Keith, Director of Music at Hull Minster,on piano, and Steven Maxson, Director of Music at Grimsby Minster, on organ.


The Primary Music Festival acts as an outstanding platform for pupils to build their confidence and grow their musicianship through live performance.

This incredible opportunity is just one of many events on offer as part of the David Ross Education Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme, supported by the Trust’s Inspiration Fund, that aims to motivate and encourage young people to reach their full potential. This includes a transformational Singing Schools taking place at a number of the Trust’s primary academies, including Grimsby’s Edward Heneage Primary Academy.

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “Music is at the heart of the Trust’s vision of a well-rounded education. High-profile events such as these provide such exciting opportunities for our children to perform to large audiences in inspiring venues, but they can only happen as a result of well-focused musical activity taking place in schools day to day.

“We are particularly thrilled to have developed relationships with the choirs of Hull Minster, Grimsby Minster and the University of Hull, whose high level of music-making proves inspirational to our pupils and parents. Hearing them all raise the roof through singing Handel’s Zadok the Priestat the end of the concert was a moment to treasure.

“We thank them, alongside our excellent classroom teachers and music specialists, for their hard work in preparing for this inspiring concert.”