Gala day for Toni’s winning students

GALA PERFORMERS: Miss Toni's Academy of Singing & Performing Arts students who will perform at the dinner
GALA PERFORMERS: Miss Toni's Academy of Singing & Performing Arts students who will perform at the dinner

DOZENS of Hartlepool students have been praised for winning a chance to perform at a glitzy charity event.

Twenty four members from Miss Toni’s Academy of Singing & Performing Arts (MTA) took part in the ChildLine Talent Show which was held in Alnwick, in Northumberland.

The event was held to raise awareness of the work of the NSPCC and ChildLine – but also to give children the chance to compete.

They battled it out in three categories, with the best in each section winning the chance to perform a spot at a gala dinner to be held in September.

And it was the MTA performing arts class, which got through to the gala event which is called Gala in the Garden.

It will be held at Alnwick Garden and will raise money to support the ChildLine School Service in the North-East.

It takes place on Friday, September 19, and academy owner Toni Parker-Harvey could not be more delighted with her talented youngsters.

She said: “This was a talent search throughout the North-East and there were four winners. My junior class of students, aged from nine to 17, got through.

“They did superbly and I am really proud. This is an amazing opportunity for them.”

Toni said the qualifying event was “an amazing day” and her contingency of performers had plenty of backing on their trip north.

She added: “A coach of my students went there, and there must have been about 70 of us there. It was one big happy family.”

Toni, 26, runs MTA which stands for Miss Toni’s Academy, and now has more than 70 students on her books.

She has been teaching singing and performing arts for 10 years. She studied media at the University of Sunderland, and went on to do an masters cause before starting her own school.