This week, thousands of voices from across Lancashire will be flocking to Blackburn’s King George’s Hall for 7 nights of concerts.
The Sing Together project is a collaboration between schools and Blackburn Cathedral and is led by the Cathedral Music Outreach Team.
Pupils across the county have been rehearsing with their teachers and with support from the music outreach team. The concert series is the culmination of all their hard work.
The project is the only one of its kind in the country and will see around 3000 children sing their hearts out to a combined estimated audience of around 7000!
Sing Together is being supported by a range organisations including Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID), WO Street Foundation, Granada Foundation, D’Oyly Carte CT, David Brooke Charity and the Shepherd Street Trust.
Gill Fourie, Head of Music Outreach at Blackburn Cathedral said, “This week is the culmination of an incredible amount of hard work that has been taking place around the whole county. The amount of dedication and enthusiasm that is shown by all the children and staff is amazing and the support from our sponsors helps us bring this amazing concert series to life. We would like to thank them all.”
Harriet Roberts, manager of Blackburn BID, added, “We are thrilled to be supporting this large-scale event and hosting it in Blackburn. Thousands of people will be coming into the town over the next few days and we are keen to show them how Blackburn has been changing over recent years and welcoming them to a town with a new sense of vitality.”
The series of concerts includes several specially commissioned works by acclaimed authors / poets Paul Cookson and Miriam Halahmy. Miriam’s new piece “Seven Billion Candles” was inspired by peace workshops she ran in a Paris lycée and the music has been composed by Jeff Borradaile.
The event will see children travel from Blackburn, Darwen, Nelson, Burnley, Accrington, Chorley, Kirkham, Preston, Whalley, Adlington, Eccleston, Clitheroe, Haslingden, Lytham, Parbold, Rossendale and many more towns and villages across Lancashire.
The series of concerts begin on Monday 20th March 2017 at 6pm and run through to Monday 27th March inclusive. Concert on Saturday 25th March starts at 5pm. (There is no concert on Sunday 26th March). Tickets are available from King George’s Hall Blackburn at www.kinggeorgeshall.com, by phone on 0844 847 1664 or from the King George’s Hall box office and cost £5.00 for adults and 50p for under 16’s (Prices include 50p booking fee).