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Two thousand young voices herald a multicultural Christmas

The municipal band accompanied the schoolchildren on the cathedral steps on Thursday.
The municipal band accompanied the schoolchildren on the cathedral steps on Thursday. / Migue Fernández
  • Schoolchildren took to the steps of Malaga cathedral to sing and bring some unexpected festive cheer to tourists and passers-by

Passers-by in the Plaza del Obispo in Malaga city were wished a "Merry Christmas" in English, German, Romanian, Turkish and even Swahili on Thursday morning as some 2,000 schoolchildren took to the steps of the cathedral for a special carol concert.

In the presence of bishop Jesús Catalá, the municipal band accompanied the children, who sang some of the most popular 'villancicos', or Spanish Christmas carols, such as Las Barbas de San José, Los Peces en el Río, Arre Borriquito, Campana Sobre Campana and Noche de Paz, the latter being the Spanish version of Silent Night.

The singing lightened the mood around the cathedral on an overcast day as tourists stopped to take in an unexpected moment of festive cheer during their tour of the city and locals joined in, singing the more well-known verses. The young singers were all students from schools that form part of the Fundación Victoría diocese group.

It was a special day for the youngsters, many of whom had to be hushed because, although they performed with absolute professionalism, at the end of the day they are still children.