Special Christmas Celebration

More than 100 primary-aged children from 8 Portsmouth schools were part of Portsmouth Music Hub's Special Christmas Celebration concert taking place at Portsmouth Cathedral on Thursday 8 December.

The concert, which has been running for the past 13 years, gave children from mainstream and special schools the chance to work together to share their passion for music, dancing and drama, and joined by the Salvation Army Band it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate Christmas.

This year the children performed the familiar nativity story but with a twist.

'Not Such a Silent Night' is the story of Lenny the lamb who runs away from his farm in Bethlehem. Lenny soon realises that he's made a terrible mistake and decides to return. He's met by Bramble the puppy and they follow the star home to Bethlehem, meeting a donkey, a cat, a camel, several sheep and finally a host of angels along the way.

Catherine Brentnall, Senior Leader from Portsmouth Music Hub said: "The concert was wonderful, and it's fantastic to see children from mainstream and special schools coming together and performing with such pleasure and enthusiasm. Children look beyond different needs and different abilities, they focus on singing, dancing and embracing the fun of performing, and seeing the way they joyfully interact with each other reminds us all of the true spirit of Christmas."