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City Songbirds to fly high at Victoria Hall

Published: Tuesday, 13th June 2017

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

Stoke-on-Trent City Music Service is presenting City Songbirds at the Circus at Hanley’s Victoria Hall on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26 to 28.

The concerts, which start at 6.45pm, will feature more than 700 young people aged between five and 19 years old, representing 29 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.

This year the concerts have a circus theme to celebrate the life of Philip Astley. Known as "the father of modern circus" and born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, next year will see various events taking place to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the first circus ring and Astley’s legacy.

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, develop confidence and team-building skills 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.

Cllr Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy at the city council, said: “The City Music Service does a wonderful job all year round and these concerts are a great way of bringing everyone together and celebrating its achievements. They’re always very popular not just with the children who take part but also their relatives who get to watch them perform on stage in a fantastic venue. It’s a very proud moment for everyone involved.”

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