An evening of top class entertainment from Hartlepool’s young musicians

Published Thursday, 8th August 2019

There’s a treat in store for music lovers on Saturday 14 September when some of Hartlepool’s most talented young musicians will be showcased in a concert in the Town Hall Theatre.

Called ‘A Celebration of Music’, it will feature some of the local young musicians who this year will receive scholarships from the town’s Preston Simpson and Sterndale Trust.

The event will help raise funds for the Trust, which provides scholarships to young people aged 15-25 who either live in or have other strong links with Hartlepool to assist them with their musical studies.

On the bill are Grace Allen, Georgia Burrows, Brandon Casey, William Hartley, Jake Haygarth, Georgia Lennon, Chance Raine, Neil Sild and Thomas Wilkinson in a varied programme including guitar, cello, piano, bassoon and vocals.

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Chance Raine (top left), Brandon Casey and Georgia Lennon will be among the performers

Among the pieces which will be performed are the Third Movement of Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F Major, The Light In The Piazza from the musical of the same name, Like Love by David Heneker and John Taylor, Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119 – Mov. 2, Scott Joplin’s Maple Street Rag, Mozart’s Quintet for Horn and Strings, Gimme Gimme from the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie and Voi Che Sapete from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

The concert will also feature the choirs of Elwick Glee Club, St Teresa’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Catcote Futures and St Hild’s Church of England School.

The Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham Mrs Sue Snowdon will be attending the event and will present the scholarships together with Chris Simmons, the Chair of the Trust.

Chris Simmons said: “This very popular annual concert provides a platform for the cream of Hartlepool’s young musical talent performing to a professional standard and it’s a marvellous evening of entertainment.

“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Trust over the past year – their generous donations are vital in helping us to continue our work in supporting the town’s young musicians to reach their full potential.”

The show starts at 7pm and tickets cost just £4 each (children under 16 are free if accompanied by an adult).

Tickets are available by clicking here or from Hartlepool Art Gallery and Tourist Information Centre in Church Square (open Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-4.30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm) or by calling 01429 890000.

For more information about the Trust, please call Judith Oliver on 01429 523914 or email