Strictly star waltzes in to save char­ity con­cert

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY CARO­LINE WIL­SON

FAYE Tozer “stepped” in to save the day af­ter a pop­u­lar an­nual char­ity con­cert in Glasgow lost one of its main stars. For­mer Strictly Come Danc­ing pro dancer Joanne Clifton was due to per­form at the Movies To Mu­si­cals show, which has been held ev­ery year in Fe­bru­ary since 2014 in the Royal Con­cert Hall and raises funds to help widen op­por­tu­ni­ties for young mu­si­cians.

How­ever, the Rocky Hor­ror Show mu­si­cal the­atre star was forced to pull out due to “work com­mit­ments”.

Glasgow Phil­har­mo­nia, which or­gan­ises the event, was de­lighted when last year’s Strictly star Faye Tozer averted a tragedy by agree­ing to per­form in the char­ity’s mas­sive pro­duc­tion, which is due to be held on Fe­bru­ary 21, next year.

The show, which is a cel­e­bra­tion of hit West End mu­si­cals, will also fea­ture A1’s Ben Adams and West End star Kerry El­lis, best known for play­ing El­phaba in the hit mu­si­cal Wicked.

The orches­tra was set up by 17-year-old Ross Gun­ning in 2012, who wanted to widen op­por­tu­ni­ties for young mu­si­cians in an “elit­ist” in­dus­try.

Over the years, more than 500 young mu­si­cians have been given the op­por­tu­nity to per­form in the show.

Some 200 mu­si­cians au­di­tioned for 36 places to be in the Kids Cast for 2020, who will re­hearse over the next few months and at­tend a res­i­den­tial course for four days to Ar­dentinny Out­door Cen­tre.

Ross said: “Hav­ing Faye Tozer as one of our guest artists for 2020 is very ex­cit­ing. With Faye’s great per­for­mance abil­ity as we have seen on Strictly and in var­i­ous mu­si­cals, she is re­ally go­ing to add to our show.

“I have never been as ex­cited as I am at the mo­ment for one of our guest artists. I never thought in a mil­lion years when I started this orches­tra in 2012 that we would be work­ing along­side pop mu­sic stars such as Faye.”

The show will fea­ture a 40-piece orches­tra and mu­si­cal the­atre cast.

Movies To Mu­si­cals is also look­ing for school choirs in the Glasgow area to take part in the show and cre­ate a mass choir.

Tick­ets are avail­able on­line from the Glasgow Royal Con­cert Hall box of­fice, found at www.glas­gow­con­certhalls.com

Faye Tozer will per­form at the Movies To Mu­si­cals show next year

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