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Schools To Be Wooed By Singers

Coventry pupils are to be given a rare treat this week when a Polish choir sings to them as part of the International Church Music Festival.

The scholarship choir Misso Musica, will play a variety of traditional Polish and church music in a free concert for sixth form pupils at Bluecoat School tomorrow at 1.30pm.

The 30-minute concert is part of this year's new community focus for the festival, which aims to bring the music to the people via concerts at schools and open-air concerts in Broadgate.

Director of Music for Bluecoat School Chris Howard said:

"We're very keen for our students to hear a range of live music from different countries and cultures.

“We've already had live music at the school from other countries and hope that the Polish concert will help widen our student's knowledge of live music and the culture it comes from." 

People can bring along a sandwich and drink in the music at free lunchtime concerts in Broadgate as part of the festival

The first half hour concert will be at 1.30pm tomorrow and will feature traditional and church music from choirs from the Slovak Republic, Ghana and the Gatt Quintet.

The second concert under the canopy will be at 1.30pm, on Thursday and will also feature traditional and church music by Echo and the Madras Musical Association.

Festival Co-ordinator Claire Monks said:

"We wanted to bring the International Church Music Festival into the community and were keen to bring the music to the people with these free Broadgate concerts.

"We hope that people will enjoy these lunch concerts and come along to some of the cathedral evening concerts for more!"

The festival, which runs from 21-24 June, features more than 800 musicians from around the world in three main concerts and some smaller community concerts.

The main concerts, held at Coventry Cathedral, are two International evenings and a Gala Concert - which will be filmed for BBC's Songs of Praise.

Tickets for all the concerts can be purchased from Coventry Cathedral Bookshop 024 7625 1509, Coventry Tourist Information Centre on 024 7683 2303 and Warwick and Leamington Box Office on 01926 496277.
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