The Carol of the North East

Published: 11th December 2020

We are excited to share with pupils in our schools today the outcome of our trust-wide virtual choir which many pupils and staff have been working incredibly hard to create!

Nearly 2,000 pupils from 12 schools both in our trust and some soon to join have performed the famous carol Angels We Have Heard On High, which was penned by Bishop Chadwick in 1862.

The music video for the carol, comprising photos from the schools, demonstrates what Christmas means to our children and how the power of hope and togetherness can help schools and their communities get through a time of great adversity.

We wanted to bring together our schools and show the importance of togetherness, fortitude,  and community, especially at Christmas. These values, as well as the ethos of Christianity, unite us all during times where we must remain resilient to provide positive, engaged learning.

Thank you to everyone involved in bringing together the choir which, with hundreds of children across different locations, was no mean feat.

We have worked closely with local musician Mike Mcgrother who put the choir together by visiting each school individually and recording their rendition of the carol in a Covid-safe and socially distant way.

The virtual choir activity is part of a wider longer-term project with more activities already underway. Journeys of Hope aims to demonstrate how young people and their families can adapt to the current situation facing schools and continue to feel inspired and engaged with learning.

Watch ‘Angels We Have Heard on High’ performed by 2,000 of our pupils here.

For more information about the Journeys of Hope project, please see