22 Feb 2012

More than 130 young voices will be joining together in harmony when St Mary’s Church in Banbury hosts the 2012 Quaker Schools’ Junior Choir Festival.

Children from Sibford School will be welcoming pupils from Friends’ School in Saffron Walden, Bootham School in York and The Mount School, also in York, for the event in March.

The youngsters are already rehearsing for the festival, which will feature music from Nick Perrin’s musical, ‘Scheherazade’.

Patsy Howes, teacher at Sibford Junior School, said: “The Quaker Schools’ Junior Choir Festival takes place on a triennial basis and we are delighted to be hosting it in 2012.”

Sue Sabin, music teacher added: “Nick Perrin’s musical is based on the classic tales of the 1001 Arabian Nights and tells of Scheherazade and the stories she must tell the King in order to save her own life and the lives of many other women.

“It is a wonderfully dramatic piece and we look forward to embracing the Quaker community and welcoming our friends from the other schools to help put on a really fabulous performance.”

The festival, which is open to the general public, will take place between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 31 March.

Photo: Libby Griffiths (9), Darcie O’Dwyer (7), Jessie Urquhart (8) and Anja Wahlberg (7) are four of the 30-strong Sibford School contingent who will be part of the mass Quaker Schools’ Junior Choir performing in Banbury next month.