Together Trust Music FestivalStudent with a range of disabilities from specialist schools in Greater Manchester and Cheshire came together to perform for their peers at a music festival at The Lowry’s Quays Theatre recently.

The children and young people came from 14 specialist education and support facilities for the 14th annual Together Trust Summer Music Festival. During the musical extravaganza, pupils performed music for their peers, members of the public and families in the famous theatre setting. 

All three Together Trust specialist schools - Ashcroft School, Inscape House School and Bridge College – which support young people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and complex needs performed at the event.

The event also included performances from Newlands School, Pictor School, Green Fold School, Milwood Primary School, Springwood Primary School, Brentwood School, Elms Bank Specialist Arts College, Manor Academy and Cromwell High School.

Jill Sheldrake, service director for the Together Trust, said: “I am extremely proud of all the young people who took part in today’s event, the preparation put into their performances really did shine through. It’s fantastic to see the musical talent we have in our schools across the Northwest. 

Education supply agency Teaching Personnel sponsored the event and staff from its Manchester office went along to show their support. Kim Hinchliffe, regional manager for Teaching Personnel, said: “The Together Trust Summer Music Festival is a fantastic way to bring young people together. Our Manchester SEN branch works very closely with the schools that were taking part, and we are delighted to sponsor the event for a third year as we know how much enjoyment the pupils get from it.”