Students take the stage with top singer

Mick Lock, choral director, Vicky Johnson, PR ambassador at Sainsbury's, Niamh Callanan, head of music at Duchess's Community High School, Andy Findlay, deputy manager at Sainbury's and Graham Smith, from Alnwick Rotary Club.
Mick Lock, choral director, Vicky Johnson, PR ambassador at Sainsbury's, Niamh Callanan, head of music at Duchess's Community High School, Andy Findlay, deputy manager at Sainbury's and Graham Smith, from Alnwick Rotary Club.

PUPILS from Alnwick’s high school will be performing with an internationally-renowned singer.

In the spring of 2011, the Rotary Club of Alnwick organised a concert of opera music hosted by mezzo soprano Andrea Baker, who is herself an honorary member of the club.

The evening raised more than £1,000 for the Gallery Youth Project.

In the audience was a group of pupils from the Duchess’s Community High School who were so enthralled by the performance that Andrea agreed to run a series of musical workshops with the school.

Her progress with the school choirs led Andrea to suggest that the Rotary Club should organise a concert of opera and gospel music to be called Feel the Spirit, which will be held at the Alnwick Playhouse in early summer when she will perform with the pupils.

She insisted that any profits, which will be matched by a grant from the Rotary Foundation, will go back to the music department of the school to purchase much-needed musical instruments.

As an added bonus, Mick Lock, an ex-teacher who helps manage the choir, approached Sainsburys with the proposal and the management of the local store was eager to help with sponsorship.

The performance is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9 and promises to be a rare opportunity for the people of Alnwick to enjoy a programme of world-class music.

Tickets are available from Alnwick Rotary and the Playhouse box office.