SCHOOL pupils are being invited to perform live on the main stage at a massive music festival in Alcester.

Swingtime In The Gardens is returning to Ragley Hall this June and will feature world class performances from vintage, jive and swing acts across two stages.

Festival organisers have teamed up with The Singing Community of Choirs to offer Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils the chance of learning four songs.

There will be three workshops at each school before the event, as well as rehearsals on the day when the school choirs will combine to perform on the big stage with a live band.

The festival's operations director Tim Chamberlin, said: "This is a wonderful chance for local children to learn from professional musicians and gain valuable experience of performing live at a big event."

Festival director Antonio Socci, who'll be performing with his swing band, added: "Last year's event was so successful that this year we are running Swingtime over the whole weekend and also offering camping to festival goers.

"We're really looking forward to the school choir workshops and it's sure to be a magical moment when the children take to the stage. When they're not performing they can soak up the atmosphere, listen to the fantastic bands and also enjoy the fairground and boat rides."

Swingtime In The Gardens, on June 6 and 7, will also feature vintage trade stalls, street food and dance workshops for adults.

School teachers who want to find out more can email