Return of the worm

14 December 2012

ALL 50 feet of the Worm wound its way through the congregation of Durham Cathedral. More than 250 primary-school children from schools in Sunderland were singing "The Lambton Worm" as part of the cathedral's music-outreach programme.

Not only had they learned the words to the traditional Wearside song, but they had designed and made the costume that constituted the legendary Worm caught in the River Wear by John Lambton, a boy who had missed going to church. It grew into a dragon, and wreaked havoc until the adult John redeemed himself by killing it.

The eclectic concert also included "Let It Be" by the Beatles, and Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus", together with "Solo Ride in a High-Speed Train", a piece played on the cathedral organ by Francesca Massey. The cathedral's girl choristers and choirs from a number of primary schools also took part.

It was one of three large school music outreach concerts that take place each year. Each term, the cathedral choristers work with up to eight schools to perform and sing with a complete year-group. Pat Smith, a Durham councillor with the portfolio for Children's Services, says: "We really value the long-standing partnership we have with Durham Cathedral.

"It not only provides our schools with the opportunity to learn musical skills, and develop musical talent alongside the choristers, but also to perform in front of friends and family in historic and hallowed surroundings."


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