Kids are in fine voice for big con­cert date

Char­ity gig with stars

Hamilton Advertiser - - CLEAN TEAM - Shirley Bar­tynek

An award-win­ning La­nark­shire the­atre group is set to share the same bill as some of Scot­land’s top mu­si­cians.

The Ups and Downs The­atre Group’s Choir 21 will be the open­ing act for a spe­cial con­cert in March next year.

They will be per­form­ing at the Sand­fest Con­cert in Glas­gow’s Royal Con­cert Hall in Glas­gow on March 18 along­side The Blue­bells, Clare Gro­gan, Gra­hame Skin­ner and com­pere San­jeev Kohli from Still Game.

And the house band Sand­ford City Rock­ers will be made up of mu­si­cians from Aztec Cam­era, Del Amitri and Love and Money.

The evening will cel­e­brate the best of Scot­land’s mu­sic from the 1980s.

All pro­ceeds raised will go to­wards Down’s Syn­drome Scot­land, who sup­port fam­i­lies who have a child or adult liv­ing with Down’s syn­drome. Vicki Mc­cluskey, pres­i­dent of the Ups and Downs The­atre Group, said: “We are so ex­cited to an­nounce that Choir 21, which will con­sist of 21 mem­bers of the group, will be open­ing for a very spe­cial Sand­fest Con­cert.

“Sand­fest prom­ises to be an amaz­ing night cel­e­brat­ing some of the very best 80s acts that Scot­land has to of­fer, with all the pro­ceeds go­ing to Down’s Syn­drome Scot­land.

“We are ab­so­lutely thrilled to be given this op­por­tu­nity. Tick­ets are cer­tain to sell out quickly.”

Ups and Downs is made up of chil­dren and young adults with Down’s syn­drome, and their sib­lings.

It was formed in 1995 and the fol­low­ing year staged a show at Mother­well Civic Cen­tre.

Since then, the an­nual show has gone from strength to strength and the young­sters now per­form at Hamil­ton Town House.

The next run of per­for­mances will be in March 2018.

Choir 21 Mem­bers of Ups and Downs The­atre group are all set to per­form next year

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