Concert gives a boost to church community project

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A major community project will be given a boost with a fund-raising concert this weekend.

The Grainger Singers, an acclaimed North East choir, will perform Songs For Everyone at St Aidan’s Church in Stobhill on Saturday.

The concert, which will offer a variety of music, will raise funds for the Stobhill Beacon Community Project, which aims to provide new facilities at St Aidan’s.

The £290,000 scheme would include disabled access from a new car park, a large community space with kitchen facilities, toilets and storage space.

The Grainger Singers are conducted by Michael Scott, who was Chorus Director for Northern Opera for many years. He founded the choir with his wife Leila and members of the opera chorus in 1981, and named it in honour of its first accompanist Hilda Grainger, who retired after 16 years service at the age of 85.

The group’s repertoire embraces music from the 16th Century to modern classics, musicals and special compositions, and a performance at St James’s Church in Morpeth last year was a hit.

The concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5, including interval refreshments, and are available on the door.