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Mini music festival at Chester venue

Llangollen International Eisteddfod performers to join forces with city musicians at St Mary's Creative Space

Coro San Benildo from De La Salle College of St Benilde, Philippines

Singers and musicians from as far as the Philippines, Zimbabwe and Canada will be arriving in Chester to take part in a mini international celebration.

The performers will work with some of the city’s finest musicians in a festival at St Mary’s Creative Space in the city centre.

Organisers at Theatre in the Quarter have been working with the International Eisteddfod to give choirs and dancers the chance to visit the city on their way to Llangollen where they will be taking part in competitions.

Artistic director Matt Baker, who recently brought hundreds of singers together in Chester City Centre to perform for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, said: “The standard and range of international performers at Llangollen is breathtaking, and we have been working with the organisers to not only give some of these visiting groups the chance to visit our beautiful city, but to give people in Chester a glimpse of what amazing things happen just a few miles away from here in Llangollen every year.

“We also have some great choirs and musicians of all ages in Cheshire, and so we wanted to create line up of local and worldwide acts to form an intimate celebration with an international flavour.”

Fireflies from Cheshire

The festival, entitled The Hills Are Alive takes place from July 5-7 and will feature the following groups:

Cantilon – an exciting young choir from Alberta Canada

Coro San Benildo – a choir of young performers from the Philippines

Mother Touch Dance Group - a children’s dance ensemble from Zimbabwe

Hillside Singers – dynamic young singers from Helsby

The Fireflies – a vivacious all women’s choir from Cheshire

Soundwall – a music sensation from Chester

Hope Street Harmonies – a terrific close harmony group from Liverpool

The Little Big Band – a fantastic musical ensemble from Chester

Chester celebrates to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday

Matt Baker added: “This is a wonderful addition to the city’s cultural calendar, and in the intimate and beautiful setting of St Mary’s Creative Space. We hope that people will come along and support these musicians, whether they are from another continent or just up the road. We hope that this is just the beginning of a celebration that will grow each year.

“It has been terrific to partner up with the International Eistedfodd for this, and we hope that visitors to our mini festival will also have a glimpse of what is on offer just over the border on the following days.”

More information can be found by visiting www.stmaryscreativespace.co.uk/whatson/ . Tickets for each event are just £5 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/creativemarys

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