Pupils from three schools in Dumbarton and the Vale took part in a special singing performance at Glasgow’s Royal Concert to launch a new national singing framework.

Children from primary five and six at Bonhill, St Kessog’s and St Michael’s Primaries all participated in the big sing, which was led by Christopher Bell, artistic director of the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

The children joined hordes of other pupils from other schools to perform four songs for a VIP audience, including Ally Bally Bee, Get Up and Go, Action Keeps the Blues Away and Sing the World a Brand New Song, which was composed by Scottish singer and song writer Alex Beck especially for the event.

The 36 pupils from Bonhill who went to the sing-along were accompanied by P4/5 teacher Linda McGhee.

She said: “The children did a vocal warm up and then the creators rehearsed with them and then they all sang together.

“They were all very enthusiastic and really enjoyed the day and got a lot out of it. It was such a good experience for them to singalong with other schools and they loved the experience of going to the concert hall and seeing the venue.”

Singing to Learn, Learning to Sing is a programme that provides access to a vast number of teaching materials including five how-to teaching videos, backing tracks, sheet music and lyric sheets.

Gayle Gorman, Education Scotland chief executive, said: “I’m delighted that the Music Education Partnership Group have launched the new national framework which offers increased opportunities for children to experience music every day in the classroom.

“Singing is an important contributor to the development of transferable skills across the curriculum and I look forward to seeing the resource being used in early learning and childcare settings and primary schools.

“I’m delighted that such a large number of pupils had the opportunity to take part in the singing lesson. Well done to those who took part.”