Per­form­ers on song for con­cert

AN­NUAL SPEC­TAC­U­LAR WILL RAISE VI­TAL FUNDS FOR CITY’S AGE UK CHAR­ITY

Sunderland Echo - - News - By Katy Wheeler [email protected]­me­dia.co.uk Twit­ter: @KatyJourno

Ex­pect a real Christ­mas cracker of a con­cert when an an­nual fund-rais­ing gig re­turns to the city this month.

Hit­ting the high note in the Christ­mas Spec­tac­u­lar 2018 will be world-renowned opera singer Graeme Danby; pro­fes­sor of vo­cal stud­ies at Univer­sity of Sun­der­land Valerie Reid; eu­pho­nium vir­tu­oso An­drew Hed­ley from the Reg Vardy band; vo­cal­ist Caitlin Hed­ley; The Sun­der­land Monkwear­mouth Sal­va­tion Army Band; the Dod­ici Voce choir and the choir of East Her­ring­ton Pri­mary Acad­emy.

The con­cert will once again be held at the Sun­der­land Monkwear­mouth Sal­va­tion Army church and com­mu­nity cen­tre in Roker Av­enue on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14, and will raise vi­tal funds for Age UK Sun­der­land.

Or­gan­iser Gor­don Quinn, a mem­ber of the church and a re­tired bands­man, said: “All the per­form­ers have giv­great en their time free of charge so that all the funds are ploughed back into the char­ity, which does great work to help older peo­ple in the city who can feel very lonely at this time of year.

“For the au­di­ence it’s a chance to see worl­drenowned per­form­ers like Graeme who does it in his inim­itable way, as well as lo­cal per­form­ers like East Her­ring­ton Pri­mary who are a great choir.”

The night will fea­ture a mix­ture of clas­si­cal and Christ­mas mu­sic.

The con­cert is part of a busy sea­son of events at the citadel in Roker Av­enue which this week held a pop­u­lar Christ­mas tree dis­play.

Com­mu­nity groups and church mem­bers used ev­ery­thing from egg boxes and mu­sic stands to cup cakes and poin­set­tia to fash­ion the strik­ing trees.

Ma­jor Martin Sayer said: “This was the sec­ond year we’ve held the Christ­mas Tree Fes­ti­val which gives var­i­ous groups the chance to de­sign a tree in the theme of what their group stands for.”

Other events in the calendar at the Roker Av­enue citadel, which are free to at­tend, in­clude a carol ser­vice at 5.30pm on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 and a Car­ols by Can­dle­light ser­vice at 7pm on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 18.

Tick­ets for the Christ­mas Spec­tac­u­lar 2018 are priced £10 and in­cludes tea, cof­fee and mince pies af­ter­wards with all pro­ceeds go­ing to Age UK Sun­der­land.

Tick­ets are avail­able from Age UK Sun­der­land in Stock­ton Road, from Gor­don Quinn on Tel. 07718 521943 or fromSun­der­landMonkwear­mouth Sal­va­tion Army on Tel. 565 8918 or 548 6831.

Ma­jor Martin Sayer, left, with Gor­don Quinn and one of the trees from the Christ­mas dis­play.

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