Free live music broadcast for schools – celebrate The Tall Ships Races in Sunderland and smash a world-record!

Date: 11 July 2018
Time: 11am
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Schools across the UK can share the excitement of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 – a four-day ‘festival of sail’ taking part from 11 to 14 July – by tuning in to a live music broadcast from the event and taking part remotely in a world record-breaking attempt.

School choirs from across the region will be performing on 11 July from 9.45am to 12.30pm live from the event. At 11am all schools – including those tuning in to the broadcast – can join in a massed singing record breaking attempt.

Organisers are asking schools wishing to take part to learn three songs -Jack He Was a Sunderland Lad, Three Little Birds, We Could Be Heroes. The backing tracks for the songs can be found at:

Emily Penn, Project Manager, of youth music charity NYMAZ, which is live-streaming the event, says, “We hope that lots of schools will join in with the Massed Sing event and let us know they are taking part by tweeting us. We would love to smash a world record with our singing!

To ensure their singing counts for the record-breaking attempt, we are asking participating schools to tweet: #wearesinging @tallshipssund with (insert number) of children and adults enjoying joining in @sunmusichub @NYMAZmusic @charangamusic @SingUptweets.

At there are free educational resources which explain how to tune in and what to expect, plus ideas to help plan lessons around the theme of The Tall Ships Races.”

Rebecca Pedlow, Manager, Sunderland Music Hub comments, “We are thrilled that we could have thousands of children celebrating The Tall Ships Races coming to Sunderland. The aim of broadcasting the event live is to make it as inclusive as possible so any child in Sunderland, and beyond, can join in. We hope lots of schools will also take part remotely in the massed sing – every voice counts!”

The event is being organised by Sunderland Music Hub, Sunderland Council, Together for Children and digital music education project Connect: Resound which is led by youth music charity NYMAZ, in partnership with music resource Charanga.

The MC for the event will be John Foster, a well-known radio presenter who has worked across the North East. He helped launch Sun FM in 1995 and was the voice of Sunderland AFC for nearly 20 years.


Photo credit : Chris J Parker Photography