Singer signs up to judge choirs in an­nual city char­ity con­test

Evening Express (City Final) - - UK & Abroad - By Lee Mc­cann

A SINGER and chore­og­ra­pher in­volved in this year’s Eurovision Song Con­test has signed up as a judge for a city tal­ent con­test.

Sheri­dan Ni­col, who has been in­volved in the show­biz in­dus­try for more than 40 years, will take part in VSA’S Sing Sing Sing.

The so­cial care char­ity’s com­pe­ti­tion will see busi­ness and com­mu­nity groups – many of whom have never sung be­fore – per­form­ing in aid of the good cause.

The choirs have been given three months’ men­tor­ing be­fore per­form­ing at the Beach Ball­room on May 20.

Sheri­dan will join Aberdeen so­prano su­per­star Lisa Milne and head of mu­sic at the Univer­sity of Aberdeen Dr Roger Williams in judg­ing the eight choirs.

No stranger to the Gran­ite City, Sheri­dan has helped with chore­og­ra­phy at the Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional Youth Festival in pre­vi­ous years.

How­ever, this year she is also in­volved with Eurovision and is help­ing singer-song­writer Ras­mussen, the Dan­ish en­try.

Sheri­dan said she would be help­ing in the pro­mo­tion of the song fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

Speak­ing about com­ing to Aberdeen to help judge the com­pe­ti­tion, she said: “I’m look­ing for­ward to it.

“These peo­ple are not pro­fes­sion­als and it is all about en­cour­ag­ing the par­tic­i­pants and choirs.

“Some may have never per­formed be­fore and might love it on stage.”

The event is or­gan­ised by Laura Pike, di­rec­tor of the show, and VSA’S hon­orary pres­i­dent Fiona Kennedy.

Vicki Young­son, fundrais­ing and events co-or­di­na­tor for VSA, said: “This is the third year we have done this event and it is fan­tas­tic that it has grown year on year.

“Over the last two years this event has raised more than £50,000 which we are de­lighted with.

“We have eight choirs tak­ing part and also have for the first time a chil­dren’s choir and sign­ing choir.

“All the money raised goes to­wards the men­tal health work we do at the char­ity.”

The show will run from 6.30pm on Sun­day, May 20.

Con­cert: Choirs are set to per­form at VSA’S Sing Sing Sing. Inset, Sheri­dan Ni­col.

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