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10 July 2013  Ellesmere Port’s Civic Square is to play host to a range of musical events across two weekends.

Local residents are invited to visit the Civic Square, which will become the town with musical events on July 13 and 14 and 25 and 26, to enjoy music ranging from rock and pop to choirs and visual performances by local talent, promising something for all ages.

This Saturday (July 13) a range of talent who performed at ‘Port’s got Talent’ back in May will take to the stage again.

Local Councillor, Pat Merrick, said: We had a wonderful selection of very talented performers enter the Mayor’s charity event ‘Port’s Got Talent’ back in May. It was so difficult to choose the winner, Chelsea Bevan, that the judges agreed that we had to give them all a chance to perform to a wider audience.

“I really hope that people will come along and enjoy the range of performances in Civic Square and appreciate what a talented lot us Portites are!”

On Sunday July 14 at 12 pm more than 120 children and nearly 100 adults will assemble on Civic Square to sing ‘Anthem for the Port’ – a piece of music specially commissioned for the Fireflies Choir, written and composed by Janys Chambers and Matt Baker.

This world premier free event is funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund in collaboration with Theatre in the Quarter, Boost Education Partnership and the Ellesmere Port Town Management team. Conducted by Musical Director Georgina West and accompanied on the keyboard by Matt Baker, straight from the extremely successful Chester Mystery Plays run, the Anthem will be sung for the first time in public at midday and repeated at 2pm when Mayor of Ellesmere Port, Councillor Bob Crompton will be in attendance.

During the interim children and adult choirs will entertain the audience singing from their own reportoire. Choirs taking part are the Fireflies, Great Sutton Male Voice Choir, the Singing Hands signing Choir, several members of Hadlow Green Choir the Ellesmere Port Live at Home singers, children from The Acorns, The Oaks, Woodlands, Wolverham and Westminster Primary schools.

And the following weekend a special variety event will be held on Thursday July 25. Organiser Josh Sinclair said: “The Civic Variety will be showcasing the rhythm of Ellesmere Port with dance and other forms of entertainment from the local area. Showcasing that Ellesmere Port has a wide variety of soul and character amalgamating in one place to bring a buzz of excitement and fun.

“A must see free event for everyone in the Port.”

And to close two weeks of musical events in the town the Square will come alive with Rock music on Friday July 26 as local bands battle it out in special event ‘Square Rocks’. The event will also see Ellesmere Port’s free runners entertain audiences with their acrobatic skills and will act as a stepping stone to engaging with young students from the town working towards a social enterprise.