Orchestra accompanies local children

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THE third edition of the City of Derry International Choral Festival will take place next month from October 21st to 25th and already features a world-class line-up of guest artists and participating choirs from around the globe.

The organisers have announced the final concert of the festival programme, due to take place on Thursday, October 22nd in St. Columb’s Hall, featuring a choir of 300 local Derry schoolchildren.

The choir will perform a work entitled ‘Bluebottle,’ the beautifully crafted story of a little girl’s adventure to make her daddy sing again. The story is written by John McIlduff and music composed by Brian Irvine, both of N. Ireland-based creative production company ‘Dumbworld,’ and will be accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra, narrator and live projected animation, creating a magical family experience.

Composer Brian Irvine said: “Bluebottle is a joyful avalanche of orchestra, animation, narration and 300 singing children - a roller-coasting rollicking ride that tells the uplifting story of one little girl’s quest to get her dad to sing again. Lying somewhere between the big orchestral worlds of Tim Burton, Roald Dahl, Wizard of Oz and Stravinsky - Bluebottle bursts at the seams with hope, adventure, celebration and big unapologetic tunes. Watch out for the mystic, wise and all knowing hipster - Riche Golden, the menacing ballet of fireflies, the Jobar Electronic Bug Zapper JB5000 and of course one particularly huge gooey, sucker footed Bluebottle. Bring your musical fly swat and step inside Richie’s Fear and Phobia Extermination Emporium to stock up on happiness.”

Dónal Doherty, Artistic Director of the Festival, commented: “With almost 400 singers and instrumentalists involved in ‘Bluebottle,’ this promises to be one of the most exciting musical events the Choral Festival has presented. The local schools have really become engaged with the project and I can’t wait to hear the sound of 300 enthusiastic young voices lifting the roof of St. Columb’s Hall. This is one not to be missed!”

There will be two performances of the family event, which will take place in St. Columb’s Hall on Thursday, October 22nd at 5.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Tickets for ‘Bluebottle’ and all festival events are on sale from today (Friday) via the Millennium Forum on 02871 264455 or online at www.millenniumforum.co.uk

For more information visit the festival website at www.codichoral.com