Christmas spirit will fill the air as one of Medway’s most iconic settings will come alive with the sound of festive carols next month.

More than 1,000 children will descend upon Rochester Cathedral for a series of carol concerts as part of the Medway Music Association’s (MMA) annual festive musical event.

Now in it’s 70th year, the concerts will see around 1200 pupils from over 30 Medway primary schools perform at the cathedral on Monday 3, Tuesday 4 and Wednesday, 5 December. On the song sheet will be a host of traditional carols, from Once In Royal David’s City to O Come All Ye Faithful, performed to an invited audience of parents and guests. Each day the children will spend the morning warming up their best singing voices before the performances begin at 2pm.

The event, which is supported by Medway Council, is one of the major events in the Music Association’s calendar. Derek Blease, Director of Medway Music Association, said: “Now in their 70th year, these concerts have always been a time to celebrate, enjoy music and of course, get into the Christmas spirit.
“We work with children throughout the year to give them the opportunity to perform in venues they may otherwise not have been able to and ending the year with these concerts is a unique opportunity for parents, children and schools to come together and appreciate the musical talent we have here in Medway.”

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks, said: “The music association do a great deal of inspiring work with schools all over Medway throughout the year and these magnificent concerts rightly celebrate this.

“The performances at Rochester Cathedral are not only perfect for getting into the festive spirit, but also, are good fun and I hope everyone involved enjoys themselves.”
Throughout the year Medway Music Association provides a broad range of opportunities for Medway’s young musicians. As well as the Primary Carol Festivals in December, there is a Choral and Instrumental Festival at the Central Theatre, Chatham in March which includes the Medway Prom. During June in the Brook Theatre, Chatham there’s a Celebration Week which focuses on children who are participating in the Key Stage 2 Wider Opportunities Projects.

MMA run two Saturday morning Music Centres, one at St Margaret’s Junior School, Rainham and the other at Hilltop School, Strood. During 2013 MMA will be holding three holiday courses during February, April and July. For further information please contact Elizabeth Jenkins, Deputy Director, Medway Music Association at e.jenkins3btinternet.com or, tel: 01795 532165.

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