Sean Comes Home To Bacup For A Christmas Concert With Friends

Sean Christmas concert

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.

Tickets are £13 and available from the Royal Court Theatre Box Office or Wishes Galore in Bacup.

by Catherine Smyth Media

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

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Bacup Has So Much To Offer This Christmas

Make sure you’re in Bacup on Saturday 7th December as it’s definitely the place to be for an amazing choice of seasonal festivities. Here’s what’s on offer:

Bacup Now are in the process of organising the second Bacup Now Christmas Festival and it will be bigger and better than last years massively successful Festival.

The Festival will take place on Irwell Terrace and the Bacup Market site. There will be more lights, more entertainment, Including the Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts, the Rossendale Drum Majorettes, Stacksteads Brass Band and the Somethingettes. There will be more Christmas Market stalls and this year we have the Britannia Coconutters performing and the festive force will be provided by the Star Wars Stormtroopers who will be attending.

The Bacup Cancer Research UK Group will be holding their Christmas Fayre at Central Methodist Church from 10.00am – 12.00. Entry is just £1 for adults and 50p for children including tea/coffee and mince pie

Bacup Nat will be holding The Magic of Christmas, where Mrs Ibbitt will be welcoming Santa Claus, who will be there to greet you around the fire from 11.00am – 3.30pm, and will be giving gifts to the kids. There will be a Raffle, Tombola and refreshments available and entry is free

The Bacup Royal Court Theatre will be hosting Sean Ruane and Friends for a Christmas concert in his home town that will include performances from St Annes Community Choir, The Lomax Brother and many more. Tickets are £13, and availability at or Wishes Galore in Bacup

The Stubbylee Community Group will be holding their Christmas Fair on 7th and 8th December over at Stubbylee Greenhouses and Cafe with stalls, crafts and refreshments

For updates and details on the events, check out the respective Facebook Page

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A Christmas In Rossendale Is A Real Taste Of True Tradition


Christmas in Rossendale 2018 was an incredible experience, with events for everyone of every age spread through November and  December. Many towns and villages in the Valley had something that celebrated Christmas. There were pantomimes, Christmas markets, Choral concerts, Carol singing, Coconutters, Crafts Fairs and Community Charity events, Brass Bands, Lights switch on’s and lots of live entertainment.

Incredible work is done by a number of community and charity organisation to maintain the spirit of Christmas and help those less fortunate in our community to enjoy their Christmas too. Can your community maintain this spirit of support, if so, we’re in for an amazing 2019. 

I write and maintain the Christmas In Rossendale blog and would love to include your event. So Please let me have details of your ideas on what you are planning for Christmas in Rossendale this year, and I will write a blog, add it to the programme for 2019 and circulated far and wide. Send details to Barry at

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