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Seventeen choirs from across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire will be singing loud and proud at the Victoria Hall for charity

Published: Wednesday, 16th January 2019

The choirs will be taking to the stage to perform a variety of songs in aid of the Lord Mayor’s three chosen charities on Saturday, February 2 2019.

Hosted by Lord Mayor Councillor Lilian Dodd, and editor of the Sentinel, Martin Tideswell, Stoke Sings will bring together 450 singers from across the area to perform in a professional setting.

Everyone will join forces for the grand finale, when they will perform an original collaboration between Stoke-on-Trent Poet Laureate, Stephen Seabridge, and veteran theatre composer, Greg Stephens.

All proceeds from the event will go to Councillor Dodd’s chosen charities:

•           Approach for Positive Dementia Support – provides specialist support and advice for older people in North Staffordshire with dementia and related health issues.

•           Stoke-on-Trent Food Bank – helps local people in crisis by providing three days’ emergency food and support.

•           Equal Chances – a newly-formed charity that aims to provide support to young people aged 14-18 in the transition of leaving care in Stoke-on-Trent.

The idea for Stoke Sings came from the Lord Mayor, who wanted to put on an event that would benefit the charities she supports as well as enabling singers of all different backgrounds to have the chance to perform in front of an audience of up to 1,000 people.

She said: “I am delighted to be hosting this event in partnership with the Victoria Hall, who have kindly allowed us to use the hall free of charge in order to raise as much as possible for my chosen charities.

“I have enjoyed working with various singing teachers and choir masters from across the city and beyond to make this event happen, and would like to thank them for their support and hard work so far.

“Singing has been proven to be fantastic for improving mental health and wellbeing and in bringing people together, and as mental health champion for the city I wanted to arrange something that would focus on that.

“We have a range of talented choirs taking to the stage, who may not otherwise have the chance to sing at such a large venue.

“I am pleased that we are able to offer such an opportunity and I hope that you will join me in celebrating the talent we have in our great city.”

In addition to vocal singers taking part in the event, the dDeaflinks Staffordshire Silent Choir will be signing along to music and raising awareness for the charity. Members of this choir are profoundly deaf and use sign language to communicate in their daily lives.

Laura Thirlwall, choir leader and dDeaflinks Staffordshire assistant manager, said: “It is brilliant for dDeaflinks to be involved in such a large-scale and, traditionally, vocal event.

“It shows that everybody has a voice, whether that be verbal or non-verbal.”

Stoke Sings will take place on Saturday, February 2, at the Victoria Hall in Hanley. The event will start at 7pm. Tickets are £11 and can be purchased online via the following link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/stokeontrentlordmayorscharity/217541.

All funds raised will be split equally between the Lord Mayor’s three charities.