Tickets are on sale for a series of Christmas concerts which will showcase some of the best young musicians in Stoke-on-Trent.
Stoke-on-Trent City Music Service is presenting City Songbirds Christmas Concerts at Hanley’s Victoria Hall on Monday, December 2, Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4.
The concerts, which start at 6.45pm, will feature more than 700 young people aged between five and 19 years old, representing 27 city schools. 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 council-run 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 music service works with more than 8,000 young people in schools across the city and is based at The Bridge Centre, Birches Head.
Tickets are also on sale for the Choirs at Christmas concert which takes place on December 9 and will showcase more than 200 young people from 11 schools as part of the KS2 Choir programme. 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. These youngsters will share the stage with some of the Music Service’s talented ensembles; The City Youth Choir and Rootz – City Music Service’s Folk Band.
Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy, said: “The Christmas concerts 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 to make it a night those who are taking part will never forget.”
Tickets for the concert 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
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