Three hundred Selby district school children wrote songs in preparation for a large scale performance to celebrate the 950th year of Selby Abbey.
Working with award nominated Performing Arts etc Ltd, groups from ten Selby District schools wrote brand new songs about the Abbey and its history, which were performed within the Abbey itself as part of a celebration of its heritage.
Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, Arts Council England have awarded significant funding from their National Lottery Project Grants programme, to Selby District Council to deliver a programme of arts and heritage events to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey. Selby Sings encouraged creativity, confidence and teamwork in the children who took part in the project.
Delivered by Performing Arts etc Ltd in partnership with Selby Music Centre and Drax, the project worked with children in Key Stage 2, those aged 7 – 11.
Drax’s visitor centre staff have delivered Selby Sings heritage workshops, as part of their commitment to support the Selby 950 celebrations and the local community.
The performance of the new songs took place in early July 2019. These primary schools are involved: Barlby Bridge, Brayton, Carlton, Hambleton, Hemingbrough, Longman’s Hill, Riccall, St Mary’s, Selby Abbey and South Milford with musicians from Selby High School.