A children's band from Belfast received a standing ovation at the Salvation Army's annual gathering in Harrogate
A children's band from Belfast has received a standing ovation at the Salvation Army's annual gathering in Harrogate
The group of 40 children from Belfast received a standing ovation at The Salvation Army's annual flagship gathering in Harrogate, England.
The young people from the church and charity's Belfast Citadel Kids Alive band were the toast of the event after performing to thousands of Salvationists at the weekend.
Bandmaster John Moore said: "I'm immensely proud of the young people. I knew they would do tremendously well and to see them receive a standing ovation at the end was just incredible.
"They are confident young people but this will boost their self-belief even further. I'm glad they enjoyed the experience and perhaps some of them will go on to pursue their love of music on a professional basis."
One member of the band was Lesedi Vellem, from Belfast, who said she had never experienced anything like it as she and her friends took to the stage at the Harrogate International Centre on Saturday night.
She said: "We were all quite nervous before going on stage but once we were up there it was an amazing experience. And then we were all shocked when we received a standing ovation."