05 Dec 2012

Preparations are well underway for the star-studded candlelit Christmas concert at the Cathedral Church of St. Nicholas in Newcastle, and Church High’s Senior School Choir is celebrating after being selected as the only school choir to take part in the event. 

The 20 strong choir, which is made up of girls aged between 11 and 18, has been busy rehearsing for the event, which will be held on Thursday 6 December, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

During the evening occasion, which is being produced by Lindisfarne’s Ray Laidlaw, they will join a host of well-known celebrities taking part in the concert, including Tim Healy, Charlie Hardwick, ‘Vera’ actor, David Leon and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner, Jai McDowall, to raise thousands of pounds for the charity. The choir will be performing a range of music, including classics such as ‘Silent Night’ and a fun rendition of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’.

Church High’s Director of Music, Phil Noble, has been working with the girls since September, to prepare them for their performance with the stars. He said: “It is a great achievement for the girls to be selected as the only school choir to take part in such a prestigious event and we are very much looking forward to the evening, which will raise lots of money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. 

“Music plays such an important part in life at Church High and we are very proud of all the girls have achieved, regularly performing at school events and concerts around the region. The upcoming Christmas concert at the Cathedral will be the highlight in what has been a fantastic year for our choir and the girls are all very excited to perform amongst the stars at the event!”

Phoebe Elliott, 17, from Gosforth, has been a member of the choir since she started at Church High School and recalls some memorable occasions throughout the years: “As a member of the Senior School Choir at Church High, I have been lucky enough to perform around the world on choir tours from Barcelona to Prague. Performing at the Christmas concert this week is sure to be one of the best moments – I’m so excited, but a little nervous, to perform alongside some of the country’s best-known celebrities.

“We have all been working extremely hard in preparation for the event and we can’t wait to showcase what we have been rehearsing throughout the term. The event is for a great cause, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and we hope it will raise lots of money to support young people living with cancer.”

Church High will also be fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust at its own Senior Christmas Carol Service, to be held at 5pm on Monday 10 December at St George’s Church in Jesmond, with all donations collected going to the charity and everyone is welcome to attend the Service. 

Tickets for the Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas are available for members of the public priced at £15 each, plus booking fees and can be purchased at or by calling 0844 477 1000. 

For further information about Church High School you can log onto their website at or call them on 0191 281 4306.

Photo: Church High girls have been busy tuning up ahead of star-studded concert at the cathedral