North Yorkshire pupils sing out for Children in Need

This story was published 19 November 2021

North Yorkshire’s Music Service has worked with six pupils from primary schools in Selby to be part of a national virtual choir, which will feature in the BBC’s Children in Need Appeal Show this evening.

Group of children

Emily, Isobel, Scarlett, Gracie, Nathan and Sam, who are primary school pupils in the Selby area, have been coached by Scott Senogles, instrumental lead for vocals with our Music Service and Ian Bangay who is head of the Music Service.

The six children spent an exciting day singing and filming with the BBC on the seafront by Scarborough’s Spa ahead of the show. 

Ian said: “It was a fantastic experience for the children and great to think we have contributed to the work of Children In Need. It was a long day of filming and recording but eventually the sun came out in Scarborough and we got some great shots.”  

The county music service works hard to make music accessible to all children and provides one of the most comprehensive services nationally.

During lockdown it delivered more online music lessons than any other service in the North of England according to the Arts Council.

It works with children and young people in the majority of schools across North Yorkshire delivering whole class music lessons, instrumental teaching and also runs six Saturday morning music centres in the county for ensemble work. It also runs a County Youth Orchestra, County Big Band and County Choir.

“Being involved in music-making can change children’s lives” said County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, “and in North Yorkshire our music service still works with over 90 per cent of schools across the county, even in remote rural areas, delivering whole-class lessons and also instrumental teaching.”

Part of the performance will be aired on BBC Look North this evening on BBC1 between 6.30 and 7pm. 

The National Children in Need Children’s choir will air at around 8.10 during the live Appeal Show on BBC1 this evening.