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Gather and Sing To Open Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender

By Published September 28, 2018

YOUNG singers are bringing a rousing message of hope and celebration to next month’s Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender.

Gather and Sing Tomorrow’s ‘homecoming’ gig will be supported by a team of top class musicians led by composer and educator Pete Churchill.

The children - from 14 primary schools from across the Tees Valley - travelled to London’s Royal Festival Hall in June to perform Rainbow Nation: Gather and Sing along with children from other areas celebrating the hope of tomorrow through music and song.

The show was a resounding success, bringing together the proud heritage of diverse areas, individuals and communities and demonstrating the difference we can all make if we stand and sing together, with our voices raised as one.

Now, some of the Tees Valley children, including pupils from Brambles, Dormanstown, Pennyman and Wilton Academies, present Gather and Sing Tomorrow at Middlesbrough’s Jazz Weekender from October 19 to 21.

Gather and Sing Tomorrow will be opening the Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender on the same programme as acts such as Mingus Big Band, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and The Big Chris Barber Band. 

Grammy Winners, Mobo and Mercury award nominees will all embark on Middlesbrough’s Jazz Weekender celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Newport Jazz Festival at Ayresome Park.

There will be an exhibition of memorabilia of the Jazz Festival in Middlesbrough Town Hall to celebrate the event.

Programmer Ros Rigby said: “I am thrilled that the first major jazz event in Middlesbrough for many decades will start with a performance by hosts of young children from the borough.

“I encourage as many people as possible to come along on the afternoon of October 19 to support them and to get the weekend off to a rousing start.”

  • Tickets for Gather and Sing Tomorrow on Friday, October 19 at 1.30pm are available from Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office on 01642 729 729 or www.middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk


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