Celebrating the end of an unusual school year, pupils have performed in an online, interactive singing festival that brought together schools across the Tees Valley.

The Snappy Summer Festival, organised by Tees Valley Music Service (TVMS), was their fourth and largest virtual ‘big sing’ event since lockdowns began in 2020.

Primary Schools all over the region submitted over 100 videos of their students singing and playing songs prepared by TVMS – brought together into one online sing-along broadcast – allowing children in classrooms or families schooling from home to join in the fun.

Bader Primary School in Thornaby tweeted, “We are enjoying watching our ‘Snappy Summer’ singing performances live this morning. Our Bader children have been fantastic and a credit to our school.”

In normal circumstances, these ‘Snappy’ events bring together hundreds of children in each of the local authorities which make up the Tees Valley, to sing and dance in the same space with a packed audience full of proud parents.

Adapting to the ongoing guidance and restrictions, TVMS moved online seamlessly, creating around 300 free-to-use digital resources, offering Zoom lessons, and producing many virtual concerts throughout the year.

Susan Robertson, who leads TVMS, says, “Making music is more than a hobby and after-school activity for our young people. These activities also improve the mental abilities of children – including memory and critical thinking, improve logic and discipline, improve their emotional wellbeing, and, of course, there’s a huge educational benefit. Obviously, these aren’t the only advantages. With our Snappy events this year we’ve supported teachers and schools to do fantastic music lessons with their young people.”

Teachers, families and school groups can still watch the broadcast via the Snappy Music YouTube channel, or via the Tees Valley Music Service Facebook page. The concert will be kept available to watch repeatedly so families may even choose to sing the songs together after school, at the weekend, or over the summer holidays.

Schools featured include: Harewood Primary, Thornaby; William Cassidy, Stillington; St Paul’s, Billingham; St Mary’s, Grangetown; St Joseph’s, Loftus; St John Emmerson Batty, Redcar; St Joseph’s, Billingham; Ormesby Primary; Norton Primary; Overfields Primary, Middlesbrough; The Oak Tree Academy, Stockton; St Patrick’s, Fairfield; Wolviston Primary; Harrow Gate, Stockton; Barley Fields, Ingleby Barwick; St Peter’s, Brotton; Belmont, Guisborough; Bader, Thornaby; Chaloner, Guisborough; Yarm Preparatory School; St Joseph’s, Middlesbrough; Springwell, Hartlepool.