A WHOLE school has taken part in an annual musical extravaganza at Durham Cathedral.

Durham School holds a Festival of Music every year to give its pupils the chance to compete against each other.

Every child takes part in the event, which also features solo performances.

The festival is a competition between Durham School’s five houses, each of which performed four pieces: one solo performance, one small group performance, a whole house song and, given the venue of the competition, a whole house hymn.

This year’s contest was adjudicated by Rev Mark Mawhinney, a former member of staff who studies music at St Andrew’s University, Durham University and The Royal College of Music.

Roger Muttitt, Durham School’s Director of Music said, “The festival is a hugely anticipated event in the Durham School calendar and we welcomed an audience of well over 1,000.

“Aside from the competition, the evening showcased the talents of some of our finest musicians and singers. Musical activities explore the full range of abilities – as an all-Steinway school we have an excellent reputation for fine piano students and tuition, while also catering for a huge range of instrumental and vocal interests.

“This is the first time the festival has taken place in the Cathedral and the evening was a huge success.”