Derry Schools to Sing with the Ulster Orchestra

City of Derry International Choral Festival bring together the string ensemble with a 300-strong choir for a new Dumbworld production at St Columb's Hall

With next month's third edition of the City of Derry International Choral Festival already bringing together a world-class line-up of guest artists and participating choirs from around the globe, organisers have now announced the final concert of the festival programme will feature a choir of 300 school children from Derry.

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 NI-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.'

Artistic Director of the festival Dónal Doherty added 'With almost 400 singers and instrumentalists involved, Bluebottle 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 22 at 5pm and 7.30pm. 

Tickets for Bluebottle and all festival events are now on sale from the Millennium Forum on 028 7126 4455 or online. For more information visit the festival website.