Young musicians showcase their talent

THERE’S a treat in store for music lovers next weekend when some of Hartlepool’s most talented young musicians will be showcased in a feast of live music at a town centre venue.

Called ‘A Celebration of Music’, the event at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, will feature local young musicians who this year will receive support from the town’s Preston Simpson and Sterndale Young Musicians’ Trust.

On the bill are Dominic Barberi, Paul Sild, James Slimings, Andrew McAllister, Stacey Powers, Nicola Sim and Amber Reeve in a varied programme including cello, piano, guitar and vocal pieces.

Special guest performers will be the celebrated Hartlepool Male Voice Choir, under the direction of David Gibson.

The event will help raise funds for the Trust, which provides financial support to develop the musical talents of young people aged 15-25 who either live in or have other strong links with Hartlepool.

Chris Simmons, chair of the Trust, said: “This is the third annual concert featuring the very best of Hartlepool’s musical talent performing to a professional standard.

“We are very grateful for the continued support of Hartlepool Male Voice Choir and Hartlepool Council for this popular event. This year the awards will be presented by the Chair of Hartlepool Council - Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher.

“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Trust over the past year - donations to help us continue our work are always very much appreciated.”

The show starts at 7pm on Saturday, September 8, and tickets cost £10 (or £8 for concessions). Tickets are available from Hartlepool Art Gallery and Tourist Information Centre in Church Square or by calling (01429) 890000.

For more information about the Trust, call Ann Turner on (01429) 523767.