Manor Primary School choir with composer Tony Biggin.

Manor Primary School children meet composer Tony Biggin

An Uckfield primary school choir was surprised by a visit from composer Tony Biggin last week as they rehearsed for a concert.

The choir from Manor Primary School, Uckfield, is taking part in the East Sussex Music Service Christmas production of Bang which was written by Mr Biggin.

Fifty-one primary schools will be involved in the Big Sing which will be held in 11 concerts at four East Sussex venues.

The programme includes support from some of the county’s music ensembles as the children sing songs around a storyline with a festive theme, which this year is about events in a Christmas Cracker factory.

All the schools rehearse independently and then come together on the day to fine-tune ready for the performances in front of parents and others in the audience.

Tony Biggin surprised the children who were excited about meeting the composer behind the fun songs they love to sing.

Year 6 pupil, Demi said: “I felt very special because Tony came in to listen to us.” Budding composer, Maddie said: “I now feel I am able to complete something I am composing myself because Tony has both inspired me and given me confidence to do what I enjoy.”

Tony Biggin said, “Brilliant children – brilliant schools! Over the ten years I have been writing these Christmas musicals for the children of East Sussex I have never ceased to be amazed at the enthusiasm, talent and commitment of the thousands of youngsters who have taken part. It is a joy and a privilege to be involved.”

Tony Biggin’s works are recognised nationally and he is vlooking forward to the premiere of another of his works, ‘A Christmas Day’, at the Royal Festival Hall in London on December 5.

This new 20-minute orchestral work, commissioned by the John Lewis Partnership Music Society to mark the 20th birthday of the Cavendish Ensemble, will be performed with other works at the prestigious London venue.

The Big Sing concerts will be held at the White Rock Theatre, in Hastings, on November 29, the De La Warr Pavilion, in Bexhill, on November 30, and the Winter Garden, in Eastbourne, on December 5, 6, 7, and 12.

Two performances will be held on each date, at 5.30pm and 7.30pm, apart from December 12 when there is just one performance at 5.30pm.

Tickets are priced £6 for adults and £3 for concessions and can be bought on the door or in advance from each venue’s box office.

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