Sing a song of Christmas at the Victoria Hall

Published: Wednesday, 21st November 2018

Tickets are now on sale for a series of Christmas concerts which will showcase some of the best young musicians in Stoke-on-Trent.

More than 1,000 local school children will feature in a range of performances in the coming weeks.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s City Music Service is proud to present Choirs at Christmas on Monday, December 3 at Victoria Hall, in Hanley.

The concert, which starts at 6:45pm, will feature more than 300 young people from 15 schools as part of the Key Stage 2 Choir programme.

The Choirs will share the stage with some of the Music Service’s talented ensembles; The City Youth Choir and Training Choir (who recently performed at the Genting Arena in Lest we Forget the National Children’s Remembrance Concert) and also Rootz – City Music Service’s Folk Band.

Then on Monday 10, Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 December 2018 the City Music Service will hold City Songbirds – Reindeer Rock starting at 6:45pm.

Over three evenings, more than 750 young people will take part aged from five to 19 years. A total of 29 schools will be represented as part of the City Songbirds programme. The City Songbirds will share the stage over the three evenings with some of the Music Service’s talented ensembles; The City Youth Brass Band on Monday, The City Youth String Orchestra on Tuesday and The City Youth Wind Orchestra on Wednesday.

City Songbirds, delivered by the City Music Service, was established in 2002 to give youngsters the chance to learn songs and musical skills in a fun environment, and to perform together at public concerts. Songbirds progress to the Training Choir, which caters for seven to 11 year olds, and the City Youth Choir which promotes singing for 11 to 19 year olds.

The pupils take part in regular choir sessions at their school led by a tutor from the City Music Service. The choirs were set up to allow progression from City Songbirds and have continued to grow over the past few years.

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy, said: “The annual City Music Service concerts are a great way to get into the festive spirit. They are always very popular with not only the children who take part but their teachers, parents and relatives and I’m sure this year will be no different.

“The concerts give youngsters the perfect opportunity to learn new songs, develop confidence and team-building skills and not least perform at a prestigious venue. We have some very talented young people in our city and this gives them a stage to perform on. It would be great to see the Victoria Hall packed on all three nights. We really want to make it a night those who are taking part will never forget.”

The music service works with more than 8,000 young people in schools across the city each year and is based at The Bridge Centre, Birches Head.

Tickets for the concerts cost £6.50 for adults, £5 for children, and £18 for a family ticket for two adults and two children. To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7649 or visit http://www.atgtickets.com