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Singing sensation joins Polam Hall for musicals extravaganza

A former accountant who became an overnight signing sensation and finalist on Britain’s Got Talent is to take part in a musicals extravaganza being hosted by a North East school.

Christopher Stone shot to fame in 2010 after the mild mannered accountant from Harrogate stunned the judges with his powerful performance of Maria from West Side Story.

As he now prepares to make his mark in the West End, the singer is lined up to perform at the ‘Night at the Musicals’ event being hosted by Polam Hall School on July 10th.

Alongside Christopher, talented pupils from the independent day and boarding school, in Darlington, will perform songs from popular musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and Sweeney Todd.

The event, at the school’s Liddiard Theatre, has been choreographed by Rachel Harrison, a teacher at the school, while Christopher Stone will be taking part in a pre-show workshop with the school’s vocal ensemble before he performs on the night.

Christopher said: “I look forward to every performance I do, but performing with up and coming talent is always a joy.

“I think performance in schools is vital. No matter what career you intend to pursue, performance through music, drama and dance promotes confidence and creativity amongst children of every age.

“Confidence is important if you’re attending an interview for a job or addressing a boardroom of co-workers and the skills you learn through the arts will aid you for your whole life.”

Caroline Law, director of music at Polam Hall, who attended Chetham’s School of Music with Christopher Stone, said: “I was so proud to see Christopher reach the final of Britain’s Got Talent and I’m delighted to have him performing at Polam Hall.

“We would love to see the theatre bursting at the seams with guests in the mood for an evening at a West End show. It is set to be a real treat with dance and music throughout the night.”

In all, 35 students from the school will be taking part in the event, ranging from ages 11 through to 18.

The show starts at 6.30pm. Tickets can be bought from the school office and are priced at £5 for adults, £2 for concessions and are free to under 16s.

Polam Hall is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for boys and girls aged between three and 18 years old.

It has been based at its site in Darlington since 1854 and prides itself on maintaining its traditional values and rich heritage while being able to offer pupils the strongest possible skills for the future.

For more information on the school visit: www.polamhall.com.

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