The multi award-winning family arts festival Just So is celebrating its 10th birthday this year with the most spectacular programme to date. Just So Festival organisers Wild Rumpus are delighted to announce that the Hallé Children’s Choir will join the 2019 line-up as they also celebrate their 10th season this year.
The Hallé Children’s Choir, made up of children from across Greater Manchester and beyond, will sing an adaptation of How the Leopard Got His Spots from Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. The performance will take place on Saturday 17 August at the atmospheric Footlights stage, which is moving to Rode Lake for the first time this year.
The choice of piece is particularly fitting because Just So Festival is named after Kipling’s collection of children’s stories; the original Just So Festival site overlooked Rudyard Lake in Staffordshire. The lake was a popular tourist destination for daytrippers in the 19th Century, and Rudyard Kipling’s parents John Lockwood Kipling and Alice Macdonald met there and liked the lake so much they named their son after it.
How the Leopard Got His Spots is written in three parts for children’s voices and has been adapted by young people’s composer Lin Marsh. It is an imaginative and evocative work depicting the shadowy forest and the thrill of the chase. This wonderful adaptation of a famous fable provides vivid descriptions and cheeky melodies that will inspire excitement, tension and joy for the Just So Festival audience.
The Hallé Children’s Choir are performing the piece at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Sunday 17 March as part of a concert with the Hallé Youth Orchestra, the Hallé Youth Choir and the Hallé Youth Training Choir before their appearance at Just So Festival in August.
The Hallé Children’s Choir join other regional, national and international performers and artists at Just So Festival 2019 including bands Hope And Social, The Destroyers, The Whiskey Rebellion and Biscuithead and the Biscuitbadgers, musician David Gibb, comedian James Campbell, storyteller Ian Douglas, circus acts and theatre shows from Mimbre, Newton’s Ladder, Kapow Dance Circus Theatre and Apocalyptic Circus, as well as dance, animation and journalism workshops and much more.