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Local musicians get royal approval

Talented youngsters from across the country and this area are getting together for a special fundraising concert which has been sent a message of support from the Duchess of Kent, who has helped foster musical aspirations in Hull schoolchildren.

Young professional singers and musicians from across the country and this area  have accepted an invitation from Children’s Champions, a local fundraising group, to perform at a special fundraising concert called Music through the Ages at the Guildhall on Saturday October 1st from 7.30pm. The funds raised will support the charities Future Talent and KIDS.

Mezzo-Soprano Beth Mackay from Hull, and violinist Fiona Norton based at Elsham Hall along with members of the Northern Spirit choir and soprano Ella Fitzpatrick are among the talented line-up.

Chair of Children’s Champions Claire Levy said: "This concert celebrates the talents of young professional musicians, and gives a wonderful example of the results that can be gained by following a musical training. I am sure the children from Wansbeck who will be singing at the concert will thoroughly enjoy the experience and will give them a boost to their own achievements."

Future Talent is supporting Hull’s desire to raise the standards of local educational attainment. This national charity now has two schools in Hull being supported by a specialist music teacher, Liz Emmanuel who works with school chlidren at Wansbeck and Longhill Primary. Liz is continuing the work of the Duchess of Kent who quickly became aware that there were children of considerable, and in some cases exceptional, talent in the city.

The Duchess of Kent said: "Future Talent believes that all children can achieve in music and the most able can excel. We aim to give each and every child across the UK that chance. To do this we place musicians in schools and from each such project we fund, encourage and guide those children who emerge with both the potential and the desire to succeed. Thank you for supporting us this evening. By doing so, you will be making a dream come true for some lucky children."

Children’s Champions is also supporting KIDS Yorkshire and the Humber. This charity offers support to parents, carers and families, who have children and young people with special needs. KIDS Yorkshire & the Humber now reach over 1,000 children and their families every year.

The concert will showcase some of the talents of local musicians. Beth Mackay attended Hymers College in Hull and graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004 where she read music.  In 1998 Beth became a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and travelled around the world with them. She was selected for the National Youth Chamber Choir, Laudibus, in 2004, and worked for the organisation for a year before beginning a postgraduate course in Vocal Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Since completing university, Beth has been involved in several exciting events; she returned to the Hull City Hall to sing at the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra’s spring 2005 bconcert and she played the part of Morgan Le Fay in the brand new opera, Avalon.

Ella Fitzpatrick  whose singing tuition did not begin until she was eighteen when she was awarded a music scholarship to study at Giggleswick School. In 2000, she went on to read Music at Leeds where she graduated in 2003, having gained firsts in her vocal recitals.

Violinist Fiona Norton is based at Elsham Hall she is a professional musician who was educated in Brigg and who now runs a Music Academy in the grounds of Elsham Hall.

Tickets for the event are priced at £7.00 and are available by contacting Children's Champions on: 01482 376245.

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