The prestigious Northern Chamber Orchestra will be joined by a school choir from Bollington for its performance at this year’s Barnaby Festival.

The orchestra will be performing a special ‘Summertime’ concert at the town’s historic Christ Church on Saturday, June 22, joined by young singers from Bollington Cross C of E Primary School.

The evening will include enchanting classics from English composers such as Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar and Gustav Holst, and will be  directed by solo violinist Nicholas Ward.

And the pupils will sing a mixture of old and new pieces, as well as a special performance of ‘junk-percussion’, which has been developed in workshops at the school.

Lynne Jones, festival chairwoman, said: “We wanted to bring this building to life again for Barnaby 2013, to fill it with music and voices of all kinds, and have Maxonians squeezed into the gorgeous – but slightly hard-box pews again!

“The acoustics at Christ Church are said to be very special, so to combine popular classical music – played by one of the best chamber orchestras in the country - with the voices of local school children is an event not to be missed.

“We’re very grateful to Manchester Metropolitan University’s faculty of education for their sponsorship of this educational project and community concert.” Jonathan Thackeray, the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s general manager said: “We have had a long and very positive association with Macclesfield and we are looking forward

to being part of this engaging and successful community festival.

“Our concert with Bollington Cross School will give more people the chance to taste beautiful music and to hear us play.”

The concert will be held at Christ Church, Great King Street, Macclesfield.

It’s the latest to be announced in the festival’s line-up which includes performances from BBC 4’s Mark Steel and Peter Hook, plus the hugely popular art exhibitions, which have been boosted thanks to a £40,000 grant from the Arts Council England. Tickets cost £12, under 18s are free, but require tickets.

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