CHILDREN from across Barnsley hit the right notes as the Barnsley Music Education Hub held two festivals at the Metrodome this week to celebrate their success.

The Key Stage Two Music Festival was back for the ninth year in a row and celebrated the achievements of young people in the borough who have been learning to play a musical instrument as part of their studies during the current academic year.

More than 1,600 young people from 37 schools performed across the six performances - at 10.30am and 1.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and yesterday.

Meanwhile, the fifth edition of the Barnsley Schools Vocal Festival opened up to children of all ages for the first time having previously only been open to primary school pupils.

A total of 15 school choirs participated, featuring 450 children in all, with each choir performing two of their own songs before joining together to sing four songs with the backing of a professional band.

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Coun Tim Cheetham, cabinet spokesman for regeneration and culture, said: “Music plays an integral part in our lives on a daily basis and it is important for the council and schools to continue to support art and creative subjects.

“It is great to see so many of our young residents getting involved in these festivals, which are a great opportunity for them to play in front of a large audience in a big arena and something they can take a lot of confidence from.”

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