A UNIQUE concert performance of Puccini’s opera Tosca is to take place for one night only at the Bowdon Festival.

It can be seen on one night only on July 19 and will see professional soloists and orchestra with an amateur chorus, Trafford schoolchildren will also play their part in bringing the classic piece to life.

Bowdon Festival Artistic Director, Jayne Wilson, takes on the role of Tosca.

Adding to the international feel, Spanish conductor Juan Ortuno is in overall charge. Juan is developing a career as conductor in the UK, where he has worked with numerous orchestras such as the Manchester Camerata and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He is a Masters graduate in conducting from the Royal Northern College of Music.

The Bowdon community also get to play their part, with local amateur singers joining the chorus and an appearance by the Choir of Bowdon Church School, also in the chorus, led by headteacher Sharon Martin.

Bowdon Festival chairman Susan Sinagola said: “Bowdon Festival is now well established and we are delighted to be able to stage ambitious projects such as this. Singers from the area and Bowdon Youth Festival winners have the opportunity to work alongside stunning professionals. While we expect many opera fans to attend, our prices are modest enough for people who have not experienced opera to give it a try. We do hope that they will."

The concert takes place at St Mary’s Church, Bowdon, and anyone interested in booking tickets should visit bowdonfestival.co.uk. Tickets are also available at the door.