The Big Sing arrives in Eastbourne today (5 December).
More than 2,200 children from 51 primary schools are taking part in this year’s event, which will see them perform eleven concerts at four East Sussex venues.
The annual event, organised by East Sussex Music, features performances by some of the county’s showpiece youth ensembles alongside children’s renditions of Christmas songs and an original work with a festive theme.
The centrepiece of this year’s show is Bang! – a humorous work by composer Tony Biggin, featuring narration by Rev David Farey, vicar of Hellingly and Upper Dicker.
Comprising eight original songs, Bang! tells the story of the children who step in to save a much-loved Christmas institution by supplying jokes to stop the local Christmas cracker factory from closing down.
Cllr John Barnes, chairman of the East Sussex Music management committee, said: “Every year, the Big Sing concerts showcase the huge wealth of musical talent we have among young people in East Sussex.
“It’s a chance for children from schools across the county to join with some of our top bands and orchestras to provide a feast of festive entertainment.
“Tony never disappoints with his Big Sing composition and this year’s work captures the mood perfectly with its blend of humour and good cheer.”
Concerts in Eastbourne are taking place:
Monday, 5 December – Winter Garden
Hellingly Community Primary School
Holy Cross CE Primary School, Uckfield
Laughton Community Primary School
Park Mead Primary School, Hailsham
Stone Cross School, Pevensey
West Rise Junior School, Eastbourne
Ocklynge Junior School, Eastbourne
Tuesday, 6 December – Winter Garden
Denton Community Primary School, Newhaven
Hankham Primary School
St Mark’s CE Primary School, Uckfield
St Pancras Catholic Primary School, Lewes
St Thomas a Becket Catholic Junior School, Eastbourne
The South Downs Community Special School, Eastbourne
Wivelsfield Primary School
Chiddingly Primary School
Cradle Hill Community Primary School, Seaford
East Hoathly CE Primary School
Breakwater Academy, Newhaven
Wednesday, 7 December – Winter Garden
Chyngton School, Seaford
Firle CE Primary School
Framfield CE Primary School
Grovelands Community School, Hailsham
Hawkes Farm Primary School, Hailsham
Manor Primary School, Uckfield
Harbour Primary School, Newhaven
Harlands Primary School, Uckfield
Rocks Park Primary School, Uckfield
White House Academy, Hailsham
Little Horsted CE School
Monday, 12 December – Winter Garden
Barcombe CE Primary School
Fletching CE Primary School
Plumpton Primary School
Ringmer Primary School
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Crowborough
Willingdon Primary School
Tickets, priced £6 for adults and £3 for concessions, can be bought on the door or in advance from the box office.