To my knowldege Children North East has never had a fund raising concert before last Saturday. The 50 member strong South Tyneside Orchestra gave a terrific concert in Trinity Church Centre, Gosforth in aid of Children North East. They played a very varied programme of music from Handel and Rossini to Abba via James Bond and the Pink Panther! The orchestra grew from the South Tyneside School Music Service and is made up of young people and music teachers. Several young people played and sang solos including a virtuoso xylophone performance. Both the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Newcastle and the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside came along.
The concert was the idea of Ernest Young, conductor of the South Tyneside Orchestra so that talented young people could give back a little to young people who are less fortunate. Young people who use the WEYES drop-in advice centre face all the same dilemmas and the same prejudices that so many adults have about young people as their contemporaries, but have no one to turn to for help, that is what WEYES is for.
It is fitting that the money raised by the young musicians will directly benefit other young people in the region and I am very grateful to them for it and for a great evening of wonderful music.