Video: Talented children help Leeds residents trip the light fantastic

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Over 250 children helped light up Belle Isle with lanterns and music at the Leeds suburb’s Christmas light switch on this week.

Pupils, aged seven to 11, from Windmill Primary School lit the way in a paper lantern procession around Belle Isle Circus for the festive event.

PIC: James Hardisty

PIC: James Hardisty

The children performed a Christmas carol medley featuring handcrafted percussion instruments.

Sally Sumpner, headteacher at Windmill Primary School, said: “The parents are always supportive and they turned out in force for this event, singing along and cheering, despite the freezing cold weather.

“The quality of the music produced by the children now means they are warmly welcomed wherever they perform and people really do get a real treat when listening to our little performances.”

After the festive sing-a-long the families were invited to an open workshop for more singing and mince pies.

Since November the pupils have been working with Opera North on a festive repertoire for a series of Christmas concerts. As part of the In Harmony Opera North programme, all pupils at the school recieve over three hours of music tuition every week.

Each child that attends the school learns to sing, play a string instrument and participate in weekly choir and orchestra-led practice through the programme.

Sally Egan, In Harmony’s Vocal Director said: “Yesterday’s concert shows the impact that In Harmony Opera North has made on Belle Isle and it was such a joy to see three generations of the Belle Isle community all singing together.”

Councillors Kim Groves and Judith Blake where present to turn on Belle Isle’s christmas lights and thanked the children with a selection box each.