WEST End star Peter Karrie is set to team up with children from the Towy Valley for a special performance next week.

The world renowned Phantom of the Opera star has played the title role more than 3,000 times and his next performance will be with the children of Ysgol Rhys Prichard, Llandovery.

The performance is part of the singers Small Halls Tour and takes place at Myddfai hall on Saturday, May 14.

During the evening Peter, who is also famed for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, will perform songs from popular West End musicals with the children.

School teacher Tracey Aston said the children were “excited” to be performing with Peter.

She said: “We had the call at the school just a couple of weeks ago. I was told there was a Peter Karrie on the phone and I said the only Peter Karrie I know is the West End star.

“I was thrilled to hear he wanted the children to join him on stage. They are really excited and even though we haven’t had much time to practice they have learned the songs very well with the help of their singing teacher Mrs Fuge”

The Welsh singer has been practicing with the children at the school ahead of the performance.

Pupil Cerys Cousins, aged 10, said: “I’m really looking forward to the concert. Even though I attend a stage school and have performed in front of thousands of people before, I am still nervous about performing on the night.”

Fellow classmate Calum Stokes and Emyr Morgan Evans added: “We’ve enjoyed singing the songs they are all great. It's been great fun practicing. We are looking forward to performing on the night now."

The Small Halls Tour was set up to raise funds for local communities by bringing performances from the West End to community venues.

Peter said: “The shows are very natural and proves you don’t need all the special effects and lighting to put on a fantastic show.

“It is a way of getting the whole community together and raising funds for the area.

“The whole idea is that I come along and do what I love by singing and performing with the children and in turn the community sell the tickets and drum up the support – the cash from tickets sales will then go back into the community. It’s a win-win for everyone.

“The children are wonderful and I’m really looking forward to the night.”

Join Peter Karrie and the children from Ysgol Rhys Prichard at Myddfai Hall on Saturday, May 14.

Tickets are available to purchase from the school.