GLOBAL superstar Sting is giving his support to a new North East music education programme.
Music Partnership North brings together Northumberland and Newcastle music services, Newcastle College and Sage Gateshead to promote music tuition and performance in schools across the region.
It aims to provide more opportunities for youngsters to progress into the music industry.
To launch the initiative a song featuring hundreds of school children, including the Northumbrian Ranters, has been recorded and is set for release in March.
Proceeds from the Border to the River song will go to the partnership to promote music making through similar projects in the region’s schools.
Sting, who was born in Wallsend, has pledged to promote the partnership and song through his website, Twitter and Facebook site.
He said: “Music Partnership North will give children across the North East the chance to discover a life-long love of music.
“The region has a great creative atmosphere and legacy, and as this song demonstrates, music is very much alive and an important part of people’s lives.”
The song has been written by Newcastle College Performance Academy Operations Manager Tom Bradley, featuring the production skills and lead guitar of lecturer Brian Emerson, who has recently returned from Hollywood after winning the coveted Best Blues Artist at the Artists in Music Awards.
The single will be released by the college’s record label Push Puzzle Records on March 17. It will be available through digital music retailers, such as iTunes, Amazon, Google and Spotify.