The final line-up of stars has been revealed for the Neuromuscular Centre’s 19th Spirit of Christmas concert at Chester Cathedral on Friday, November 28.

Emmerdale actor John Bowe is best known for his TV and film roles including The Living Daylights (1987), Cleopatra (1999) and for playing Duggie Ferguson in Coronation Street from 1999-2002. In 2014 he joined the cast of Emmerdale playing Lawrence White.

Actor John Bowe
Actor John Bowe
 

John Bowe is also renowned for his theatre roles, starring as Bob in the West End production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert in 2010 and as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd in 2011.

Joining him will be Claudie Blakeley, best known for roles as Charlotte Lucas in Pride and Prejudice (2007) and Ros McKee in the recent BBC drama The Driver.

Also on the bill is Malcolm Sinclair who has played numerous roles on stage and screen, including Sir Peter Dulford in Judge John Deed, Edward Clayton in Poirot and Alan Bradford in Midsomer Murders.

Simon Williams, best known for playing James Bellamy in the period drama Upstairs Downstairs, will be appearing along with Philip Jackson who starred as Japp in Poirot, Karl Davies (Lyle Anderson in the TV series Kingdom and Robert Sugden in Emmerdale), Anthony Howell (Sgt Paul Milner in Foyle’s War), Debbie McAndrew (Coronation Street), Sally Baxter (Albion Market).

As well as this talented bunch performing festive readings, also taking to the stage will be singers Olivia Brereton (Christine in Phantom of the Opera) and Iwan Lewis (Emmett in Legally Blonde).

Ensuring the festive season starts with a sparkle, the annual Spirit of Christmas carol concert is a star studded affair hosted by the charity’s president Matthew Kelly, of Stars in their Eyes fame.

Matthew Kelly as Toby Belch in Twelfth Night which continues its run at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool tonight
Matthew Kelly as Toby Belch in Twelfth Night which continues its run at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool tonight
 

Previous stars have included Alan Rickman, Carey Mulligan, Tamsin Greig, Jim Broadbent, Sir Derek Jacobi and Jim Carter to name but a few.

Returning will be the Roberts Bakery Band and The Queen’s School Chamber Choir.

A county-wide choir competition for primary school children between the ages of 7 and 11 has been launched, sponsored by Dawsons Music in association with Chester’s Dee Radio 106.3.

The winning choir will have the opportunity to perform at Spirit of Christmas 2014 in front of an audience of more than 1,000 and will also receive a digital piano for their school.

Spirit of Christmas 2013 sold out for the third year running, raising an incredible £39,000 for NMC. For information and tickets call 01606 861733 or visit www.nmcentre.com .

The Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) is a small Cheshire charity that provides a range of unique services for adults and young people with muscular dystrophy.

These services include physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, support and advice, training in graphic design and IT and sheltered employment opportunities, all with the aim of improving the quality of life for those living with this devastating, deteriorating condition.