Top soprano set to take the stage at North East charity concert

16.11.2016

One of the world’s most sought-after dramatic sopranos will grace the Sage Gateshead stage to help raise funds for two important charities.

Susan Bullock will perform at the North East Last Night Of The Proms 2016, which is being organised in aid of WaterAid and North East Promenaders Against Cancer (NEPAC).

Joining her on the bill, put together by Artistic Director Graeme Danby, will be the Royal Northern Sinfonia, under the baton of conductor Simon Fidler, and a host of other soloists.

Massed choirs, the University of Sunderland’s Musical Theatre Singers, Dodici Voce and ITV presenter Helen Pearson are also on the line-up, helping to bring the likes of Rossini, Wagner, and a famous Proms Finale to the stage.

The concert takes place on Saturday, November 26.

The show is being brought together with support from Northumbrian Water, a key partner of WaterAid, which works to ease the problems of, and support, the 650 million people who live without safe water. They also support the 2.3 billion people who don′t have access to adequate sanitation and the 315,000 children under the age of five who die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.

NEPAC is a voluntary charity set up in 1989, which gives out around £60,000 each year, mostly to support blood-related cancer research in Newcastle’s RVI Hospital. The rest of the money is given to local hospices and cancer support groups.

The event has received sponsorship from Bidvest Foodservice, Ferguson Transport, Fastflow and Northumbrian Water. It was created by Ros and George Walker, who went on to found NEPAC.

Susan Bullock said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to take part in this concert at the Sage on November 26th in aid of two such important charities. I have always enjoyed performing in the North East, and the Sage is a spectacular hall, absolutely fitting for a rip roaring North East Last Night of the Proms! Please support us, come along and have fun, and let′s raise a lot of money.”

Graeme Danby said: “Having someone of the stature of Susan Bullock performing at the North East Last Night Of The Proms is a fantastic coup. Susan has performed at the national Proms, singing Rule Britannia at the Royal Albert Hall, now she is preparing to take the stage in aid of WaterAid and NEPAC, which is just wonderful.”

David Hall, Head of Leisure at Northumbrian Water, said: “Graeme has put together a fantastic line-up for this amazing concert, including a world-class soprano in Susan Bullock and the fantastic Royal Northern Sinfonia. Guests will be in for a real treat and will be raising money for two great charities, WaterAid and North East Promenaders Against Cancer.”

Tickets, starting at £16.13, and details are available from www.sagegateshead.com.

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