Viva student fundraisers

FUNDRAISER: Peterlee Mayor Coun John Hardy with musicians from East Durham College
FUNDRAISER: Peterlee Mayor Coun John Hardy with musicians from East Durham College

STUDENTS have come up with a rocking good way to raise money for charity.

A night of live music galore is on the way this Thursday thanks to East Durham College students who will be showcasing their musical talents.

Thanks to them, money will be raised for the Mayor of Peterlee’s charity fund which is supporting worthy causes including the Hartlepool & District Hospice, Macmillan nurses and Help For Heroes.

The music and performing arts students at the College’s Peterlee Campus have lined up the event called Viva Rock.

It will feature several young bands, performing a range of classic rock covers.

The performance on Thursday, April 26, begins at 7pm in The Lubetkin Theatre.

Peterlee Mayor, Councillor John Hardy, said: “The students have lots of ideas and great talent to showcase.

“I am extremely proud and privileged to be Mayor of Peterlee and hope we can raise as much money for the fund as possible.”

The Mayor of Peterlee’s Fund also supports a number of other local youth charities.

Student Anthony Yare said: “I am delighted to have been asked to perform for such a great cause.

“It will be a great experience for us putting on such an event and an even better experience for those who attend.”

The East Durham-based bands performing include Little Fury Things, NO Kicks and the Essentials.

Music lecturer, Marc Oliver, a professional musician himself said he was excited to be part of the project.

He said: “At East Durham College we make all aspects of the course as vocationally relevant as possible. This is a real gig.

“The students have to prepare risk assessments, design publicity material, research and learn music, sort out equipment, rehearse and perform.

“It is all aspects of the work you would normally do as a freelance artist. The experience is invaluable.”

The show is expected to last for three hours and tickets priced at £4 are available at college reception or by calling (0191) 5182000.

They will also be available on the door on the night.