Brian May plays onstage with county youth choir

A West Sussex choir has been given a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to play onstage with rock legend Brian May.

The County Youth Choir will be performing next to the Queen guitarist at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley next week.

The band, made up of youngsters from across the county, will also be joined by leading West End actress Kerry Ellis, who starred in hit musicals Wicked and We Will Rock You.

The concert, which starts from 7:30pm on Thursday November 15, is being run in aid of the Born Free Foundation which helps protect endangered animals around the world.

Choir leader Emily Barden said: “This is quite literally a once in a lifetime opportunity for us, a chance to sing with an iconic figure in British music.

“We will be performing three songs with Brian and Kerry as part of their acoustic tour around the country for their new album, while they will also be playing a number of classic Queen tracks.”

The County Youth Choir, which rehearses at the Weald School in Billingshurst every month, is made up of nearly 30 youngsters all aged under 18.

The students are part of 15,000 other young and adult musicians who learn with the West Sussex Music Service every year.

Peter Griffiths, County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “The concert is a fantastic prospect for all the children involved in the choir and certainly something they will never forget.

“Being invited to play alongside two internationally-recognised performers shows the high standard the County Youth Choir has attained under Emily Barden’s leadership.”

Tickets for the concert are available at Hawth Theatre on 01293 553 636.

To find out about the County Youth Choir call 01243 642 361 or email: music@westsussex.gov.uk.