For the last two years, international opera singer Sean has been holding a ‘Sean and Friends’ night at Bacup Royal Court Theatre.
Sean said: “We had such good feedback from our May concert on social media and people were asking us if we would do a Christmas show that we decided let’s do it. It will be a true variety show with a host of home-grown Valley talent showcasing the amazing singers and talented musicians and performers that we have in Rossendale.”
This concert, on Saturday December 7, will have traditional carols and Christmas songs for the audience to interact and sing along with and some surprises.”
Sean, who grew up on the Pennine Road Estate, loves returning to the theatre where his career started, especially when he sees familiar faces. “These concerts are all about connecting the community and it is amazing how many people tell me that is just what happens when they come along.”
As well as the choir, cruise ship artists The Lomax Brothers will be on stage along with singer Rachel Spencer, Twelve-year-old Danny Dunning will be singing again at Sean’s concert. This time he will perform a solo of ‘Walking in the Air’ with piano accompaniment and, as part of a trio with Sean and Max Lomax, 12, Danny will be signing ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’.
Classical pianist Joanna Garcia will be accompanying Sean and brass trio Josh Brown, Thomas Kershaw and George Hanson and ‘The Band’ of Liam Spencer, Dan Connolly and Roger Hindle will be playing. The St Anne’s Community Choir and the singers, from primary school age to pensioners, will also be back at Christmas to delight the audience.
Sean now runs Chant Productions, working with young people, groups and businesses to create choirs and perform.
Sean’s concert will be an amazing finale to a full day of festivities in Bacup Town Centre at the Bacup Now Christmas Festival and a Magical Christmas event at Bacup Nat