A medley of popular Christmas songs and carols will be ringing around Chester city centre over the festive period after a new partnership has been anounced.
CH1ChesterBID are joining forces with Theatre in the Quarter to present the Christmas Voices Music Festival from Thursday, November 24. Pop-up performances will take place across the city centre, featuring singers from 12 local schools, five community choirs and the Chester Victorian Choir.
Taking place between 6-8pm, the event will start with a unique ‘opening of the gates’ ceremony with Romans and Vikings underneath the Eastgate Clock to officially let Christmas into the city centre.
Christmas-themed light projections will illuminate the city centre throughout the event and a mass public sing-along will also take place along Eastgate Street, led by Theatre in the Quarter’s Matt Baker from the top of the Chester Heritage Bus.
Children from schools across the borough will join forces in the performance of a Christmas medley, arranged by Matt Baker.
Marketing manager at CH1ChesterBID Julie Charlton said: “Heading into Chester city centre on a Thursday evening for late night shopping or a bite to eat is an absolute must this Christmas. Our pop-up performances have been designed to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, so whether you want to sing along or just enjoy some festive favourites, these events are guaranteed to make you smile.”
The two-hour performance will be repeated one week later on Thursday, December 1 at the slightly earlier time of 4pm.
Artistic director of Theatre in The Quarter and A Handbag of Harmonies, who will be performing on the night,
Matt Baker added: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of my hometown’s Christmas celebrations again this year and I can’t wait to lead such a diverse collection of voices in our Christmas medley. We have been visiting many school choirs who have been preparing the new Christmas medley.
“There’s so much going on in Chester city centre this Christmas and we’re really pleased to be adding some lively Christmas songs and carols to the festive mix. “Our Victorian Choir will be adding some festive nostalgia into the mix too! It’s beginning to look and sound a lot like Christmas!”
More information about the range of Christmas activities taking place across Chester city centre can be found at www.experiencechester.co.uk .