MORE than 1,000 primary school pupils from nine Worcestershire Schools performed in ‘Riversfest’, an open-air concert set beside the River Severn in front of Worcester Cathedral.

The pupils, from schools in the Rivers CE Academy Trust, performed songs from hits from The Greatest Showman, Ed Sheeran, Moana and Clean Bandit. Children also performed fabulous gymnastic and dance displays.

Pupils from Burlish Park Primary School, Cranham Primary School, Cutnall Green Primary School, Great Witley Primary School, Heronswood Primary School, Northwick Manor Primary School, St Clement’s Primary School, St Peter’s Droitwich Academy and Wychbold First School took part.

Poppy Mossop, aged 9, from Cutnall Green Primary School, said: “It was great fun performing in Riversfest.

"I loved being part of such a big event with my friends from Cutnall Green School as well as all the other Rivers Schools and with so many people watching.”

Sureya Savage, aged 11, from St Clements Primary School said: “The atmosphere was fantastic! It is such fun to perform outside in the open air and sunshine.”

Kate Brunt, the trust's founder and CEO, said: “It was a wonderful evening and truly uplifting to see the children perform in the open air, in front of an audience of over 1000 people.

"We believe that this event celebrates many of the benefits of being part of a thriving multi academy.

"All of our Academy Schools have talented music specialists and were also supported by Paula Evans, our specialist singing and musical theatre teacher in the production of this spectacular performance.

"The scale of the Academy Trust enables our schools to be part of something bigger and more exciting than they could create alone."

She added: “For our children and parents it is a major highlight of the school year, bringing the final term to a close, with passion, pride and a shared sense of fun for everyone who attends.

"We would like to thank Kings School for allowing us to use their impressive grounds. This makes the event possible.”

The Rivers CE Academy Trust was formed in 2014 and now comprises of ten schools with plans to open a new school in North Worcester in September 2019.