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Teesside school's sweet sound of success!

North East Key Stage 2 Choir of the Year: Durham Lane Primary School Credit: Durham Lane Primary School

Children in a primary school choir on Teesside are celebrating after scooping top prize in the prestigious North East Choir of the Year awards at Durham Cathedral. The 59 children from Durham Lane Primary School in Eaglescliffe took part in the annual competition earlier this month. They faced stiff competition from other schools across the North East and were delighted when judges named them the winners. The children, aged 8 to 11, performed a song which they wrote themselves. 'Flanders' Fields' was written following a World War 1 project which the youngsters had taken part in at school. They were praised by the judges for the "....mood and thoughtful singing during their original and emotionally engaging performance" Headteacher, and leader of the choir Jacqueline Ball said:

It’s the first time I’ve ever entered our choir into a competition, so I was thrilled to bits to win! We’re used to achieving a lot of sporting success and also attain extremely highly academically, but this is the first time we’ve also had our music prowess recognised. I am so proud of all of the children involved.

– Jacqueline Ball, Head Teacher, Durham Lane Primary School