Belfast Telegraph

Former Blue star Lee lends voice to Christmas gig

By Victoria O'Hara

Pop star Lee Ryan will sing with thousands of Ulster schoolchildren when he headlines a major choral event at the Odyssey this Christmas.

The ex-Blue member - who dramatically walked out of the ITV show Hell's Kitchen - has been confirmed as part of the line-up for the Young Voices event in December.

The organisation is behind the world's largest children's choir concerts.

Nearly 4,000 children from across Northern Ireland will be performing alongside Lee (24) in the concert, which will help raise money for children's charities such as CLIC Sargent and Great Ormond Street.

The organisation has hosted annual events across the UK for the last 10 years.

Speaking ahead of his visit to Belfast, Lee said: "This is a very exciting project for me.

"Young Voices is an innovative business which has worked hard to strengthen or re-establish the role of music within the lives of children, something that I am keen to be a part of.

"This is a one-off opportunity for artists and children alike, and the sheer scale and quality of these concerts really set them apart.

"I am looking forward to working alongside the other artists and schools in Belfast to give everyone the end-of-year shows to the high standard that the Young Voices concerts traditionally merit."

Also performing during the Belfast event will be Ulster singer Peter Corry and the UK Champion Beatboxer for 2006 and 2007, Beardyman.

Each concert will be conducted by David Lawrence, who has been a national adjudicator for the televised BBC Radio Three Choir of the Year competition.

Young Voices marketing director Ben Lewis said: "Music can play a key role in children's development, particularly in encouraging confidence, as well as helping to break down so many social boundaries."

The events are aimed at schoolchildren between six and 16 years old and each concert will see a range of celebrity artists performing alongside the children with repertoires designed to broaden and enhance their musical horizons.

Lee's Belfast appearance will be one of six with the Young Voices tour, which will feature over 50,000 schoolchildren from more than 2,000 schools.

This year's concerts will start on 28 November in Sheffield and finish in Belfast on December 18.

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