A TRIO of concerts will be music to the ears of a North East charity, thanks to Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt.
The three events have been organised by Coun Tebbutt to raise funds for her chosen charity Henry Dancer Days, which supports children with aggressive bone cancer osteosarcoma.
The first will feature The Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, performing along with soloists from King Edward VI School and the KEVI Steel Band.
It will be followed by a children’s concert, The Bagpuss Lady by Sandra Kerr, before women’s choir Werca’s Folk take to the stage.
Coun Tebbutt said: “The concerts are all very different and will appeal to different groups of people so I hope the people of Morpeth will come along and support them.”
The Fusiliers’ band is no stranger to the town and last year entertained crowds at Morpeth Fair Day and the Emily Davison Centenary Parade, while the Regiment recently enjoyed a homecoming parade through the town centre to welcome troops returning from Afghanistan.
The band will perform with KEVI students at the high school on Saturday, February 8, at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £10 and proceeds will be split equally between Henry Dancer Days and the Army Benevolent Fund. They are available from Morpeth Town Hall, KEVI, the RAFA Club and Morpeth Chantry.
Coun Tebbutt said: “My stepdaughter has been in the band since she was in the sixth form at KEVI so I have been to lots of concerts at various places around the North East.
“The band puts on a lovely enjoyable concert so when I was at the last concert I asked if it could put on a concert for my charity. They were delighted to, but I had to do something for the Army in return so that is why the funds will be split with the Army Benevolent Fund.
“I chose that particular charity because I understand that Help For Heroes is getting such a lot of people raising funds for it that the other Forces’ charities are suffering a bit.”
She added: “The high school students have been wonderful. Teacher Victoria Najafi has recruited students to wear high-vis jackets and manage the parking, students to do front-of-house and sell the raffle tickets, and also to do some performances.”
On Thursday, February 20, St George’s United Reformed Church in Bridge Street will play host to the premiere of The Bagpuss Lady, at 4pm.
Sandra Kerr, who is Director of Werca’s Folk, wrote the original music for the much-loved Bagpuss children’s TV series and was also the voice of the doll.
Her new show will include songs, dance and stories.
Tickets cost £6 adults, £4 under 16s and £18 for a family of five. They are available from Goosehill, Abbeyfields and Stobhillgate first schools, Morpeth Chantry and Morpeth Town Hall.
“This is the first time show has been done and if it is a success Sandra will be taking it on tour so we have the world premiere in Morpeth,” said Coun Tebbutt.
“It will be held upstairs at St George’s so there are only about 100 places, but there is a carpet there for the little ones to sit on. ”
Ms Kerr will return to St George’s at 7.30pm on the same day for the concert by Werca’s Folk.
Tickets cost £8 for adults and £6 for under 16s, from Morpeth Town Hall and Morpeth Chantry.
Coun Tebbutt has so far raised about £5,000 for Henry Dancer Days and is delighted with the support.
“The whole community has been so supportive. It is quite humbling really to have that support,” she said.
Concert tickets are also available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or sending the above form to Morpeth Town Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Morpeth, NE61 2LZ.