Youngsters voice their thanks to business supporters
Members of Tees Valley Voices with, on the back row from left, the choir’s chair Joan Carter, musical director Kate Robinson, Dave Willis from The Wilton Centre and musical director Katie Hibbard.
A choir of youngsters has taken to the stage to sing the praise of its sponsors.
At an event at The Wilton Centre to say thank you to its corporate supporters, Tees Valley Voices also unveiled exciting plans to create and perform a children’s opera in 2011.
The choir, which was set up in 2006 for boys and girls from 7-14 years of age, relies on fundraising to keep it going. To help mark the generosity of others who have backed it to date an invited audience was treated to the special performance at the centre.
As Joan Carter, Chair of Tees Valley Voices, explains: "The best way we could think of to show how much we appreciate our sponsors is by singing for them! It also gave the choir an opportunity to demonstrate that its quality is worthy of sponsorship and allowed us to reveal the exciting news about the opera."
Invited guests included Sir John Hall who donated the money to purchase the choir's red polo shirts and his wife Lady Mae Hall as well as representatives from sponsors Huntsman and The Wilton Centre, Ian Anderson of WinMart, who runs the choir's website, Mr Chris Simmons (former Chair of Platform, the organisation which founded the choir), and Kirsty McDowell from Making Music, the Federation of Music Societies which has supported the choir in its early days of independence.
Joan Carter, added: "It was wonderful to have the opportunity to thank our sponsors and supporters. We are particularly grateful to The Wilton Centre for offering the venue and the refreshments to make this such a special event."
The Wilton Centre Manager Dave Willis said the event was a fantastic way to showcase the centre’s newly refurbished lecture theatre.
"We couldn't have had a more delightful opportunity to test the acoustics!" he added.
"It was a wonderful performance and we are very proud to be associated with such a talented group of young people."
Tees Valley Voices welcomes new members from any part of the area and is actively recruiting new young singers. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings in term time from 7.15-8.15pm at Mill Lane Primary School, Wellington Street, Stockton. Further information is available at www.teesvalleyvoices.org.uk from Joan Carter on 01642 656273 or by visiting a rehearsal.