NEARLY 5,500 Cheshire pupils are to take part in the Sing the Christmas Story event.
Organised by the county council’s music team, the series of concerts involve 101 schools and run between December 2-16.
There will be 22 events at 10 churches around Cheshire with infant, junior and primary schools singing six modern carols. Local ones are at:
- St Mary & St Helen Parish Church, Neston - Tuesday, December 2.
Infants 9.30-10.30am - 231 children from St Winefrides Primary, Parkgate Primary, Willaston Primary and Woodfall Primary.
Juniors 10.45am-11.45am - 325 children from St Winefrides, Parkgate Primary, Bishop Wilson CE Primary, Willaston Primary, Woodfall Primary.
- St Thomas’s Parish Church, Ellesmere Port - Tuesday, December 9.
Infants One 9.30-10.30am - 203 children from St Saviours Catholic Primary, Whitby Heath Primary.
Infants Two 10.45-11.45am - 210 children from Our Lady Star Of The Sea Catholic Primary, Sutton Green Primary, Meadow Primary, The Acorns Primary & Nursery.
Junior One 1-2pm - 270 children from Our Lady Star Of The Sea Catholic Primary, Hinderton School, Meadow Primary, The Acorns Primary & Nursery, Ellesmere Port Christ Church Primary, Whitby Heath Primary, The Oaks Primary.
Junior Two 2.15–3.15pm - 336 children from Capenhurst CE Primary, St Saviours Catholic Primary, William Stockton Primary.
The event will be narrated by retired primary music advisor Maureen Richards, with, among others, Katrina Marzella, ex-BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of The Year on the euphonium.
County Cllr David Rowlands, executive member for children’s services, said: “This will be the last time our music team arranges this event.
“The hope must be that schools will encourage the new authorities to continue the event, which provides opportunities for so many children from a wide area.
“Sing The Christmas Story has been extremely popular and I thank the children, teachers, musicians and organisers for all their hard work in making this yearly event so successful.”