Will Young to make charity concert appearance


The singer will be speaking at Sing Inspiration! 2012, which will feature a choir made up of staff members and pupils from Wandsworth schools.


By Helen Wright

Pop star Will Young will be attending a charity concert at the Royal Festival Hall tonight.

The singer songwriter will be speaking at ‘Sing Inspiration! 2012’, which will feature a 500-strong choir made up of members of staff and pupils from a selection of Wandsworth schools, youth groups and community choirs as well as the iGospel London adult choir.

The 500-strong choir members will range in age from eight to 80.

For the last nine years Wandsworth Council has worked closely with local charity Catch-22 – of which Will Young is a patron – in order to stage the concert and give children and young people an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Will Young, who has been an Ambassador for Catch-22 since 2010, said: “I have been very fortunate in my life but sadly there are too many young people who aren’t as lucky and find themselves in difficult situations.

“I am really pleased to be able to support the vital work that Catch-22 does helping young people.”

Over a period of six months the singers taking part received professional vocal coaching from iGospel’s experienced tutors and musicians to help them prepare for the concert.

Wandsworth Councillor, Kathy Tracey, said: “ We are very excited about this year’s concert – and delighted that Will Young has given it his backing.

“Not everyone gets to perform on stage at the Royal Festival Hall, we want to give people an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Francesco Quadraruopolo, iGospel co-ordinator for Southfields Community College, said: “We have been working with iGospel for the past six years now, and we continue to work with them because they provide invaluable experience and opportunities for our students.

“We love what they do, the positive message, the team work, the songs and confidence building.

“Students eagerly await this day, both because it’s a fantastic and fun day out, and because they find it a tremendous experience to be on stage at the Royal Festival Hall, in front of so many people.”

The concert is sponsored by Wandsworth Council’s Family Learning and Lifelong Learning departments and the Wandsworth Music Service

Sing Inspiration! 2012 starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £17 and are available through the Southbank Centre.

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