Youngsters are looking forward to a real high note when they join international vocalist Russell Watson on stage.
The star has asked for choristers from Blackpool to sing alongside him when he performs in the resort on Saturday.
Blackpool Council’s music service was asked to help create a positive, local feel for the show by using their talented choir of young people to accompany Russell when he performs ‘Panis Angelicus’ (which translates as ‘bread of angels’).
The choir, which includes around 50 young people from almost every school in the town, will sing in front of thousands of Russell’s fans at the Opera House, and rehearsals are now well underway.
Russell said: “I am delighted to be once again returning to Blackpool and I can’t wait to sing with the choir on stage.
“I think Blackpool Music Service is a great organisation. This performance will give the children a chance to perform in front of over 2,500 fans.”
Coun Ivan Taylor, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, added: “We were approached a few weeks ago by Russell’s management and asked to take part and, naturally, we were absolutely delighted to say yes.
“This is a fantastic chance for these young people to showcase their talent to a huge audience and show all that is good about young people from Blackpool.
“I know they will be extremely excited and some will be nervous but I am sure they will do very well.
“It’s a marvellous gesture by Russell to do something like this and this is what the choir is all about; raising aspirations and showing young people they can do something really special.”
Some of the youngsters, meanwhile, said they were very excited to be involved.
Eight-year-old Olivia Ball said: “I’m nervous but also very excited too. To prepare I will be in my room with the CD on singing all week.”
Natasha Pearson, 11, said: “I really enjoy singing and this is an amazing opportunity. We’re all really looking forward to it.”
And Chloe Casson, 14, said the opportunity was a chance to showcase the best things about Blackpool schoolchildren.
“This just goes to show that no matter who you are or where you come from, if you are doing something you love and enjoy, you can achieve anything.”
The last remaining tickets for Russell Watson’s Blackpool show are available online at www.gigsandtours.com or directly from the Winter Gardens Box Office.
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