Young music stars tune in to £1,000

Fundraising Northern School of Music students, who raised money for the NSPCC
Fundraising Northern School of Music students, who raised money for the NSPCC

TALENTED young performers took to the stage and raised more than £1,000 for a children’s charity.

The impressive students at the Northern School of Music, in Hartlepool, performed at their very own Night With The Stars, an annual event which supports the NSPCC.

And as well as wowing the audience at Hartlepool Corporation Welfare Club, in Whitby Street, the performers also managed to rake in £1,200.

That means the school, in Church Square, Hartlepool, has now raised more than £5,000 for the NSPCC at the event in the past three years. Toni Parker-Harvey, senior singing teacher and head of performing arts at the school, said she was “very proud” of everyone who took part.

“It was a brilliant night and it’s a big well done to everyone who took part,” said Toni, 24.

Around 35 members of the Northern School of Music performed on the night.

The audience were treated to a variety of talents as the youngsters sang, dance and performed comedy routines on stage. Toni added: “The event is popular every single year, it’s one of the main events on our calendar.

“When we first organised the event we spoke to our students and they said they wanted to raise money for children who need the help and support.

“To have raised as much as we have done is brilliant.

“As well as saying well done to the performers I would like to say a big thanks to the people who come along to watch every year.”

An NSPCC spokesman said: “We can’t thank Toni and everyone involved with A Night With The Stars enough for the fantastic commitment they have shown the NSPCC over the past three years.

“The NSPCC is dependent on the generosity of others and we simply would not have been able to provide as many vital services for vulnerable children in the North-East if it wasn’t for the support of this event.

“Over the past three years the event has raised more than £5,000.

“This money has enabled us to answer more than 1,250 calls to ChildLine, ensuring that when a child plucks up the courage to ask someone for help, we are there to provide the confidential support that they need.”