Gallery: Little Voices hit the high notes in Dudley

Young singers have been raising the roof of a shopping centre as they take to the stage in an annual choir centre.

Around 30 schools from across the region have been hitting the high notes in the Little Voices competition at Merry Hill in Dudley.

Among the schools taking part are Moat Farm Junior School in Oldbury.

The pupils sang festive numbers including Little Drummer Boy, Rockin Around the Christmas Tree and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Other schools who have participated include St Patrick's RC Primary School in Walsall, Blakedown CE Primary School, near Kidderminster, and Howley Grange Primary in Halesowen.

Their performances have been judged by a panel made up of Merry Hill staff, business representatives and community leaders. 

The choirs have been singing their hearts out against each other in a bid for four schools to each win £1,000.

And for the first time this year, schools were also in with the chance to win a team building day at Quest, the family entertainment and adventure centre.

Netherbrook Primary from Dudley won the Best Performer category, Wednesbury Oak Primary from Tipton won Best Newcomer. Westacre Middle School, in Droitwich, won Best Choir and Oxley Primary from Wolverhampton won Judges Choice.

Kelly Reed, senior marketing manager at Merry Hill said: “The schools that took part in the competition this year were absolutely fantastic and the judges had a very hard time choosing the winners.

"We'd like to say a big thank you to everybody that took part in the competition, and to those that came along to watch the superb singing."

The choir competition is one of many events being organised by Merry Hill in the run up to Christmas.

The centre's 5D Santa’s Grotto experience is making a return to immerse children and their parents into an enchanted world of glistening snow, cheeky elves, reindeer and Santa.

There will be a screening animated film that tells the story of Elbow, the loveable elf who saves Christmas. Featuring stereoscopic 3D visuals, wind and snow effects, and even elf dust, the film takes kids on an adventure where Elbow must save Santa’s presents from the good-turned-bad elf, Fumble.

The Grotto will be located on the lower mall by Debenhams until Christmas Eve.

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