A Grand concert by all

Students take part in their final rehersal for their 'Walk of Life' dance for the Comenius performance at the Grand Theatre. A020611/10d
Students take part in their final rehersal for their 'Walk of Life' dance for the Comenius performance at the Grand Theatre. A020611/10d

FOUR different schools from four different countries took centre stage to hit the high notes and showcase their musical and dancing abilities.

As part of Ribblesdale High School’s Comenius project, 130 children from schools in Hildesheim, Germany, Mazamet, in France, Granada in Spain as well as Ribblesdale High, performed a variety of talents ranging from singing, dancing and playing instruments, in front of a large and enthusiastic audience at The Grand, Clitheroe.

The thrust of the partnership, which has developed between the schools over the past two-and-a-half years, was looking at music in a local or national context and how it has developed a national identity.

Project leader and deputy headteacher, Mr Andrew Davidson, hailed the grand finale a huge success. He commented: “The final performance at The Grand was the culmination of a lot of travel and hours of work.

“The skills that have been developed during the project were most visible at the concert when the pupils put on a never to be forgotten show. “It was an absolute stunner and all the pupils and staff are to be congratulated for their input and performance.”

He added: “The planning with the members of staff for such a huge ending was immense. I would like to thank Olivia Mason, Kath Turner, Mel Smith and Anne Burgess. They were so professional, put in many hours and deserved the plaudits and success that the project brought.

“In these days when it is so easy to knock, we should step back and be so be thankful that Ribblesdale pupils have people like this to work with. They and the pupils were absolutely superb,” he added. “I would also like to thank all parents who helped in any way. It was a fantastic gesture and showed what a wonderful caring community Clitheroe and the area is.”