Local school children to light up festive show

Peter Corry  PIC:Darren Kidd / Press Eye
Peter Corry PIC:Darren Kidd / Press Eye

The Music Box - tenor Peter Corry’s annual Christmas show featuring the singing talents of many local school children - arrives at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall this evening (December 17) with performances continuing until Saturday December 19.

Audiences will be taken on a most tuneful festive journey featuring music, readings, carols and dancing inluding performances by West End leading lady Joanna Ampil and Games of Thrones star Ian McElhinney.

Performances by some of Northern Ireland’s finest school and youth choirs are what makes the Music Box a particularly inclusive and popular show every year and this year the festive spectacular will see two different choirs take to the stage for each showing.

Audiences can enjoy performances by east Belfast’s Harding Memorial Primary School and St Joseph’s Grammar School, Donaghmore this evening while the Preparatory Department Choir and Friends Singers, both from Friends’ School in Lisburn will perform on Friday December 18. Then at the matinee show on Saturday December 19 St Ita’s Primary School, Four Winds and St Ronan’s College, Lurgan will be singing their hearts out while Pond Park Primary School, Lisburn and the Cookstown Youth Choir will take to the stage for the final evening performance.

All choirs perform solo showcases as well as creating a wall of sound during performances involving the entire company.

Peter Corry, who will of course lead many of the songs on the setlist, and Music Box producer Fleur Mellor, this week been visited the Music Box choirs in their schools for final rehearsals ahead of curtain-up this evening.

l Tickets for The Music Box, December 17-19, Waterfront Hall, Belfast are still available. Call 02890 334455 or visit www.waterfront.co.uk.