Hundreds of children have come together to share their music this Christmas at a city venue.

As part of Christmas at St Mary’s, more than 20 schools came together over a week in an ambitious programme called Angel Voices organised by Theatre in the Quarter.

The events enabled schools to share their Christmas songs, as well as sing newly commissioned songs together. Additionally, some schools added to the Christmas magic with steel drum and woodwind bands as well as adding drama and dance to their work.

Artistic director Matt Baker composed a new carol Star of Hope which highlights the issue of refugees, which all schools learnt and performed together.

He said: “The Angel Voices evenings have been a real highlight in the Christmas programme at this venue. So many children and new audiences have come to St Mary’s mostly for the first ever time, and experienced not only how lovely the combined voices of different choirs can be, but also how magical St Mary’s Creative Space is as a place for live performance.

Angel Voices at St Mary's Creative Space: Isabella Pile and Eva Hockenhull
Isabella Pile and Eva Hockenhull


Event co-ordinator Rachael Borman said “It was an absolute thrill to welcome so many children from across the borough into this magical space, and every school group or choir had worked tirelessly to prepare such wonderful music for the performances.”

The participating primary schools included Upton Heath, J H Godwin, Lache, St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s, Mill View, Belgrave, St Luke’s, St Clare’s, St Saviours, Highfield Community, Dee Point, Dodleston, Frodsham Manor House, Waverton, St Theresa’s, St Oswald’s, Boughton Heath, Upton Westlea, Hoole CE and Kings Junior.

Angel Voices is one of many events which have taken place as part of a Christmas festival at the venue which has included touring theatre, cabaret, chamber and choral music, Indian and Flamenco dance, youth theatre, arts and crafts and cinema.

The festival has been possible through a partnership between Theatre in the Quarter and other organisations including Chester Music Society, Cheshire Rural Touring Arts, Minerva Arts, Homegrown Dance Theatre and many schools and choirs from across the city.