Eve walking in the air after landing iconic festive role

A High Crompton youngster was chosen to perform one of the most recognised festive songs as part of a special concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham.

Eve Sanderson

Eve Sanderson, nine, from St Mary’s C of E School in High Crompton, performed the Walking in the Air solo from The Snowman alongside a live professional orchestra.

Auditions were held in the Autumn with local music hubs and Cathedral choirmasters helping to find suitable soloists.

Eve, who also enjoys dancing and playing the cornet, sang during the afternoon show which was offered free to local schools by Oldham Music Service.

The evening performance was aimed at older people supported in sheltered housing, foster families, children and adults with special needs, as well as looked-after children.

The enterprise was particularly meaningful for Rachel Whibley, Managing Director of Carrot Productions who put on the show.

As the parent of a disabled child, she is all too aware of the lack of high-quality concerts suitable for children with disabilities.

Alongside The Snowman, Oldham audiences enjoyed a specially commissioned animation entitled A Donkey’s Tale.

It was a heart-warming story of Dillon the Donkey, an ordinary donkey with an extraordinary dream.

As an added bonus during the interval, Streetwise Opera – the award-winning performing arts charity for people who are or have been homeless – gave a brief performance.

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